The Saddest Note of All: writing letters of condolence

This week’s subject comes from a reader. She wrote that someone she knows, but has not seen in a long time, recently passed away and she wanted to write a letter to his wife. However, she is struggling to find the right words and tone in English. Could I help?

First, may I say that letters of condolence are always difficult to write – whether it’s in your own language or another – not because of the grammar or vocabulary, but because you are dealing with emotions.  People often avoid writing them because they either don’t know what to say … Read the rest