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Sample Letter to Accompany Book 4—Rebuilding and Remembering

(Sent eleven months after the loss)

Letter for those grieving during the COVID-19 crisis


Dear [Recipient’s name],

It will soon be a year since [deceased’s name or the recipient’s relationship with the deceased] passed away.

The first anniversary of the loss of a loved one can be difficult, and grieving people sometimes feel anxious as that day approaches. The enclosed book, Rebuilding and Remembering, has a very helpful chapter about this anniversary, with a number of ideas for dealing with your thoughts and feelings at this time—and these suggestions are very doable even in the midst of this pandemic.

The book contains many other helpful insights, such as giving yourself renewed permission to grieve. This is important because people may be acting as if your grief should have ended some time ago. But you don’t have to grieve according to someone else’s timetable. It’s okay to grieve for as long as you need to.

This is the last of the four Journeying through Grief books. I hope that they have been valuable on your journey—and that they will continue to serve you in the months and years to come.

[Possibly add some personalized thoughts or information.]

May God’s comfort encompass you as you remember and cherish [deceased’s name or the recipient’s relationship with the deceased] in your heart always.

[Or any closing you like to use.]