December 18, 2012
If you would like to send a sympathy note to the Newtown community in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, please address your cards to:
The Families of Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470
Tips for writing a sympathy letter:
Keep it brief. When a loved one has passed, words usually fail, but we must try to succeed with them anyway. You are writing for those left behind to offer understanding and comfort as a reminder that they are not alone. A hand written sentiment makes your message more personal. Speak from your heart.
Some handy phrases:
Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts.
Words are so inadequate at a time like this.
There is so little one can say, but my heart goes out to you.
Caring thoughts are with you.
May God be with you at this time.
My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer.
May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort.
Wishing you God’s peace.
May you find consolation in knowing that others care.
Hoping these words of sympathy will comfort you in your time of sorrow.
J. Beverly Daniel. Finding the Right Words. New York: Pocket Books, 2003.
Robert W. Bly. Webster’s New World- Letter Writing Handbook.Indianapolis, Indiana:Wiley Publishing, 2004.
Margaret Shepherd. The Art of the Personal Letter.New York: Broadway Books, 2008.