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The Bereavement Letter (Sample) can be used as a tool to create a letter from your church to someone who has lost a loved one.
This sample letter of bereavement is available free to download, customize and print for your church administration office, Human Resources Department, etc.
When someone dies you just don't know what to say and it's hard not to say the wrong thing and offend someone. Many times when we don't know what to say we just don't write the letter or note that we wanted to send and eventually we do not say anything. The intention to write is there but it's obvious that knowing what to say is not easy.
It's far better for friends or a church to say something to someone who is grieving than not to say anything. Silence from friends or church can hurt too so reaching out in a letter of bereavement is important even if it feels awkward and even if you don't know what to say to the person grieving.
The sample letter below for bereavement can be used as a tool to customize a letter for your church or organization for someone who had a loved one who died that attended their church. This sample letter includes:
[Church Name & Address]
[Recipient Name & Address]
Dear [Recipient Name] :
On behalf of [Church Name] I wanted you to know that we were saddened to hear about your mother’s passing. She was very special in the hearts of everyone at the church.
While we know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that her spirit has touched many people's lives in the church and beyond as well as mine also. She will be forever remembered and forever missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
We would like to extend an open invitation to run errands, and/or watch your children. Please contact [Church Contact] at [Church Contact Phone#] at any time convenient for you, and we will send someone from the church to help you.
Please know that you are loved and supported here at [Church Name]. [Deceased Name] often shared with me how blessed she felt to have you in her life.
Our deepest sympathy and love to you and yours.
[Church Administration and/or Pastor/Title]
Note: These sample forms are meant to serve as example forms and should not be construed as legal documents. Please contact a legal professional for legal language for your specific organization.
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