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Helpful organisations Who is Dignity? I’m sorry to hear Dignity Caring Funeral Services has over 500 funeral Cruse Bereavement Care Citizens Advice Bureau directors in towns and cities across the country who A brief guide to writing (England and Wales) This is a good source of have served their local communities for generations. letters of sympathy Cruse can help anyone practical help and advice who has lost someone and is particularly helpful they love. with financial or legal We help families through every step of arranging a problems. funeral, from registering the death to the details of the Helpline: funeral service itself. Our first priority is to make sure 0870 167 1677 The Compassionate that families can arrange the funeral they want for You can get details of Friends their loved one, and we will do everything we can to local branches from their They offer help for parents meet any special requests or arrangements. main offices at: whose children have died. 126 Sheen Road 53 North Street We are available every day of the year, 24 hours a day, Richmond Bedminster to help and advise. We also have a clear pricing policy Surrey BS3 1EN and provide written estimates before the funeral, so TW9 1UR. you know exactly how much the funeral will cost. We Phone: 0117 953 9639 Phone: 020 8940 4818 have a very strict code of practice, to make sure that The Child Death Helpline all the families we serve have the same high standards Cruse Bereavement Care Phone: 0800 282 986 of service from caring and professional staff. (Scotland) (Mondays, Wednesdays Riverview House and Fridays 10am to If you need the services of a funeral director, please Friarton Road 1pm, and Monday to call us on 08000 344 6489 at any time of the day or Perth Sunday 7pm to 10pm) night, and we will put you in touch with your local PH2 8DF funeral director. Phone: 01738 444178 The Samaritans The Samaritans offer a 24-hour telephone listening service. You can find their number in The Dignity Funerals Ltd. Phone Book. A company registered in England No. 41598. Plantsbrook House, 94 The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1PH. Phone: 0121 354 1557 Fax: 0121 355 8081. www.dignityfunerals.co.uk A British Company This leaflet is a brief guide to writing a letter of To the family of someone you did not know To someone who has experienced a sympathy. Very often we find ourselves stuck for very well sudden loss words when someone has died. But people who I was sorry to hear of your recent bereavement. I was so sorry to hear about the tragic have lost someone they love get comfort from Although I did not know [name] well, on the circumstances surrounding [name’s] death. The knowing that their loved one was a part of the occasions when we met, [he or she] was always shock and sense of disbelief must be immense. lives of others, so it will help them if you can write kind and considerate. Please accept my sympathy [Name] was such a special person and it must be a few words. for your sad loss. so difficult to come to terms with the fact [he or she] died so suddenly. If there is anything I can You don’t have to write a long letter, as long as it is To the family who have lost a child do to help, such as [offer practical help such as sincere. Try to post it as soon as possible after the I was very upset to hear of your loss. [Name] was looking after the children, doing some shopping, death. The letters below are simply a guide and such a lovely [child or person] and will be dreadfully collecting the pension], please let me know. may help you get started. missed. If there is anything [I or we] can do, [I am or we are] only a phone call away. To the family of someone at work who has died To a neighbour or close friend I am writing on behalf of all [name’s] friends at Although we have spoken recently, I wanted to write [name of organisation] to express our sympathy at and tell you how sorry I am for your loss. [Name] your sad loss. [Name] was a valued member of the was such a special person that no words are really team and contributed to the organisation in many adequate. [He or she] brought pleasure to everyone ways. Besides being an excellent worker, [he or she] [he or she] met and will be sadly missed. People was always good-humoured and considerate tell me how much they valued [name’s] friendship. I towards [his or her] colleagues. am always here to talk if you would like. I’ll get in touch soon to see if I can make myself useful in [He or she] often spoke of [his or her] family with anyway. affection. [Name] will be sadly missed by everyone at work. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
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