Watch more Death & Funerals videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/424-Death-and-Funerals Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn to write a letter of condolence and provide comfort with tips from this video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Send a handwritten letter Follow up any earlier e-mail or telephone expressions of sympathy with handwritten correspondence. Step 2: Address the letter appropriately Address the letter to the closest relative if you knew the deceased or to the relative to whom you are closest if you did not. Step 3: Express your feelings Put your feelings on paper. Be sincere. Flowery language in itself is of little value. Step 4: Share a memory Share a fond memory of the deceased when you begin the letter. Rather than saying you know how the surviving relative feels, simply say that you are thinking of that person. Tip Be honest. Don't try to make the deceased sound like a better person than they actually were. Step 5: Express your sorrow Express your sorrow at the person's loss rather than saying that the deceased is now in a better place. Avoid cliche phrases such as "time will heal all wounds." Step 6: Avoid the cause of death Avoid dwelling on the details of the illness or cause of death. Tip Offer assistance only if you were close to the deceased and you know the deceased's close family needs help. Step 7: Send the letter promptly Send the letter within one week of the death. And remember, the worst condolence letter is the one that is never written. Did You Know? Did you know? The word condolence comes from Latin, meaning to suffer together.
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