Have you ever had a friend or relative involved in a tragic, life-changing situation? As a friend, you may feel obligated to do or say something to help reduce your friend’s pain. One of the best things a friend can do during such a time is to produce a sympathy letter. Lets say your friend is in a car accident and has to be hospitalized for a week. There are three main steps to creating a heartfelt sympathy letter. First, sit down with a pen and paper and jot down a few praiseworthy qualities and things you like about your friend. Second, begin writing. Remember to empathize when you sympathize. Finally, finish the letter by “leaving your door open,” or otherwise assuring your friend that you are there no matter what they may need.
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