Owing to some unseen reason, you cannot attend the funeral of someone dear of your friend, make sure to write a good condolence letter. If you do not know it, then this article will give you an idea of how to write a condolence letter to a friend.
As a friend, you are expected to be there for your friend, but if you cannot make it, make sure to atleast send in a heartfelt condolence letter. The language used in this letter is not formal because of the personal nature of the letter. When the death is a tragic one, offer words of support to him as the event is of a shocking nature. Try and avoid mentioning the event again and again, as its remembrance would be painful for your friend.
Though, there is no set format to this type of letter, there still a way you can go about writing it. Do not write a long letter. Keep it simple and short, without the use of any flowery language as it would be inappropriate, given the incident taken place. You can be emotional in the letter, but try to be encouraging to your friend. Get straight to the topic and do not beat around the bush. If you want, you can also mention an incident or two, in the lighter vein, to invoke fond memories of the departed soul.
For your better understanding, we have provided you a sample of how to write a condolence letter to a friend. The circumstances most probably would be different, so make the appropriate changes in the letter. The sample letter is mostly to give you an idea of how the letter is written, so you can be creative and make changes of your own, just avoid doing the mistakes mentioned.
232, Jefferson Street,
32231, Georgia, New Orleans
I was distraught with sorrow when I heard about the death of your brother, James. His death has comes as a huge shock for me and my family. It is still hard to believe that he is no more in this world.
James was like my own brother, when I heard of his untimely death, all I could remember was the last Christmas we all had spent together. We had so much fun that day; it was one of my most unforgettable Christmas days. There is so much I wanted to say to him, but who would have known that it was the last time I would be seeing him. The car accident was really unfortunate, and I pray that the guilty party will be punished by the law.
When I heard of his death, I could not sleep for the whole night. I just kept reminiscing our childhood we spent together in New York. I especially remember the mean pranks we use to play on him, and James being the youngest of the lot, always fell for them. His memories are too vivid in my mind; hence, I am still having a hard time coming to terms with it.
I cannot even imagine what you must be going through. James was always very close to you, and he really looked up you as an older brother. I can understand how very shocked you must be at his death. But now, being the elder son, you must take care of your family in this tough time. Especially, take care of your parents as they will be the most affected by his death. No parents want to outlive their children, so take great care of them.
I will come there to New York as soon as possible; it was a little hard for me to come there on such short notice, I could not get a flight in time. But I will be there when I get a flight. In your tough times, you are not alone; I will be with you throughout. James was like my brother too, and I will do whatever it takes to get him justice. His passing was not in vain.
We are providing you with a sample of how to write a condolence letter to a friend. The letter is just a sample, but can be used for many other circumstances, and does not necessarily have to be a tragic death. Change the words a bit, and it is good to go.