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Writing to Empathize with Someone Who Just Experienced Loss

As per writing, there is no good way to send condolences to someone who had just experienced a loss. This is especially true if the recipient of your letter is a person who just lost someone who was close to them or a family member, for that matter. Although this is not an ideal situation and the least people look forward to, sending your full sympathies can be very highly appreciated in time of a loss of a loved one.

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

How to start?

Unfortunate as it may seem, extend your sympathy towards the recipient. It may not be much but it helps a lot for those who are grieving, to know that someone out there are with them in their suffering.

How to write the content?

Start with the #throwback of good memories with the departed. It may hurt a little but the comfort of knowing that somehow their loved one has touched another being can mean a lot for those whom the departed left behind.

How to end the letter?

End your letter with your deepest regret that this moment has come. If you want, you can also put messages about life and offer yourself for emotional support. Your offer of support will be very much appreciated and will come back to you in your trying times.

Nothing beats a heartfelt letter with the purest intention and nothing beats a person with compassion and a shoulder to cry on.

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Writing to an Ex-Lover

“I don’t think much about guys from the past. I’m glad I knew them, but there’s a reason they didn’t make it into my future.”
― Lorraine Zago RosenthalOther Words for Love

Whatever you have to say to an ex-lover is kind of awkward. This is just the dichotomy of human interaction. If we felt neglected or hurt, we tend to distance ourselves from the person who inflicted it. So what is the right approach in dealing with an ex-lover in a way that we stay on the boundaries of being emphatic and not stepping on personal affairs?

How do you start?

You may start with a greeting that wouldn’t be too personal. You can check on them as an introduction. Do not be so eager that it will seem to intrude. Just a casual greeting and catching up phrases would do.  You don’t need to put so much effort in it.

How do you write the content?

You write the content based on your subjugation. You must control the content of your letter. Whether it is an emotional letter or just a friendly letter, you have to be precise of your intent to communicate in a civil manner. You have to control your content so that the point gets through your recipient.

 How do you end your letter?

Be subtle in saying goodbye. Remember that you have already said the most painful goodbye of all. So if you must say goodbye, be wary of your words.

In the end, you two have shared something special so might as well be mindful of the words that you will write. This may take a step back to recovery or help advance a reconnection. One thing is for sure, this is a step that can help you gain a friend. It’s just a matter of just writing the right lines.

 

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Historical Letters

Fiona Apple’s Gender Neutrality

TRANSCRIPTION:

Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
-Fiona Apple

One of our dearest female vocalists from the 90’s reaching out and fighting against gender discrimination just by writing a letter shows that even in the smallest amount of effort. There are a lot of forms of showing support to others and even a personalized letter could mean so much to a community.

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Famous Writers

Amy Winehouse- On Drying Your Own Tears

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labeled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz.

Although in the end of her outrageous career, she has left the world unexpected. She has provided numerous songs that relatable in a painful but beautiful sense. Here are some lyrics that proves that she will always be the girl from the jazz bar with great talent.

Pain of moving on…

All I can ever be to you
Is a darkness that we knew

And this regret I’ve got accustomed to
Once it was so right
When we were at our height
Waiting for you in the hotel at night

I knew I hadn’t met my match
But every moment we could snatch

I don’t know why I got so attached
It’s my responsibility
And you don’t owe nothing to me

But to walk away I have no capacity

-Amy Winehouse, Tears Dry on Their Own

In being strong despite of painful occurrences…

“It’s okay in the day
I’m staying busy
Tied up enough so I don’t have to wonder where is he
Got so sick of crying
So just lately
When I catch myself, I do a one-eighty
I stay up, clean the house
At least I’m not drinking
Run around just so I don’t have to think about thinking
That silent sense of content
That everyone gets
Just disappears ‘soon as the sun sets”

-Amy Winehouse, Wake Up Alone

Importance of music…

“I’d rather be at home with a Ray
I ain’t got seventy days
‘Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway”

-Amy Winehouse, Rehab

Amy Winehouse is known for her problems in substance addiction. We can all attest that people have their own way in coping with pain. Pain is beautiful in so many ways when it comes to creativity and writing. Amy Winehouse, equipped with her inner connection with pain and all its gratification, has shown us that there is a silver lining even the darkest of days.

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Famous Writers

Lauryn Hill – On Miseducation

 

Lauryn Hill is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and broke several sales records.

She drops truth bombs to educate everyone about the realites of the world in general. Here are some Lauryn Hill sayings that we all should live by:

“If everyone is a product of this society, who will say the things that need to be said, and do the things that need to be done, without compromise? Truth will never start out popular in a world more concerned with marketability than righteousness. It will initially suffer ridicule and even violence- yet ultimately it is undeniable. All of humanity is living in a dream world, but suffering real consequences.”
― Lauryn Hill

“It’s difficult because we live in a world that doesn’t really respect the creative and intellectual contributions of women.
It’s more like “Oh, you’re so cute. Be quiet. Shhh, don’t talk too much.”
― Lauryn Hill

“Now don’t you understand man universal law
What you throw out comes back to you, star
Never underestimate those who you scar
Cause karma, karma, karma comes back to you hard”
― Lauryn Hill

It’s hard to be inspirational in this day and age. Everyone can provide certain creativity in a particular set of industry or community. There is a rarity in people who see beneath the lies of the systematized structure of generational norm. If you can ever be as wise as Lauryn Hill on this generation, be a spark of hope.

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Famous Writers

John Green – On the Bright Side

John Green is an American author, vlogger, writer, producer, actor and editor. John Green is one of the most revered authors of today. He is known for his Young Adult Fiction books. Some of his books even become movies. Not just movies, these books-turned-movies are all box-office hits.

Here are some quotes from John Green’s infamous books:

On love without inhibitions…

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

Teenage perception…

“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
― John GreenLooking for Alaska

Life as a young adult…

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
― John GreenPaper Towns

If you are a fan of John Green, then you know that writing is also kind of preachy but can also connect a generation filled with missed connections. Maybe we can all put down everything and try to reconnect in the most vintage way – writing with all our convictions.

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How-To Write

Zodiac Letters: How to Write To a Cancer

The zodiac sign Cancer is one of the most sensitive signs in the astrological signs. They are blessed with empathy and you will sure have a shoulder you can lean on if you ever confide to them. They are naturally nurturing as they are called the mothers of the Zodiac.

If you wish to write to a person with a Cancer sign, you can take these pointers as a format tool:

CONFIDE WITH THEM

As they are naturally nurturing, they want to hear about how you were or are. If you write to them, tell them everything. They would love to hear your good and fun stories but they will also appreciate even the bad ones or hardships you had or currently having. You can expect them to stick with you and comfort you in times that you need emotional support the most.

TREAT THEM AS YOUR BEST FRIEND

As they are known to absorb your emotions and be there for you in times of need, people can attest that people born under the Cancer zodiac sign wants to know the whole story before reacting. They want to be there for you but be truthful because they don’t want to waste their emotions to stories that are unjustly to other parties involved.

WRITE WITH YOUR HEART

They want to take care of you. If you want them to write back to you, write with feelings. Write with passion because they don’t want to hear half-hearted stories. They want to see your feelings reflect in your writing.

If you ever feel the need to write to someone who understands your emotional side, you have found a pen pal on Cancer natives. They understand your emotions and will be there for you 100 percent. You just have to be sincere with all your dealings with them and they will return it tenfold.

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Historical Letters

Michael Jordan’s Letter of Affection

A player who knows the game but doesn’t play games with hearts. As iconic as he is in the hard-court, he is also shooter of charm. I hope you learned a lot from your smooth idol.

“My Dearest Laquette

How are you and your family doing, fine I hope. I am in my Adv. Chemistry class writing you a letter, so that tell you how much I care for you. I decide to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry, and hope that you except(accept) my apologie(apology). I know that you(‘re) feelings was hurt whenever I loss(lose) my necklace or had it stolen.

I was really happy when you gave me my honest coin money that I won off the bet. I want to thank you for letting me hold your annual. I show it to everyone at school. Everyone think you are a very pretty young lady and I had to agree because it is very true. Please don’t let this go to your head. (smile) I(‘m) sorry to say that I can’t go to the game on my birthday because my father is taking the whole basketball team out to eat on my birthday. Please don’t be mad because I am trying get down there a week from Feb. 14. If I do get the chance to come please have some activity for us to do together.

I want you to know that my feeling for you has not change(d) yet. ← (joke) I am finally getting use(d) to going with a girl much smaller than I. I hope you (get) my hint. Well I have spent my time very wisely by write(writing) to you. I hope you write back soon. Well I must go, the period is almost over. See you next time around, which I hope comes soon.

With my Best Love

Michael J. Jordan”

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Zodiac Letters: How to Write To an Aries

Aries people are naturally assertive and are ready to go anytime, anywhere… Especially when provoked. They are the aggressive people of the Zodiac. They have the ability to be impulsive and wants to do the first move. Sometimes, Aries wants to be in control of the situation or be the first one to do the writing.

Here are some tips to induce a reply from your Aries recipient:

MAKE THEM THINK THAT THE IDEA OF WRITING WAS THEIRS

Aries is bossy. They want to take control whether it be about a certain project or as little as writing a letter. You can give tell them that you thought they were giving hints that you should write a letter for them. Start by saying that you thought of them while you were writing this, bring up something like, “It was something that you said that made me write the letter.” This would make it seem that they were the boss and it was their idea that made you send them an unfeigned letter.

ARIES PEOPLE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IS UP WITH EVERYTHING

They are slightly paranoid that people might be talking about them. It is better if you don’t wait for your Aries recipient to ask you but willingly divulge all the stories you know about them. You can get a lot of response. They are the most self-focused in the whole Zodiac. A little complement about them could go a long way. Just make sure that you are honest about your praises because, although they like hearing them, they also want to know that what you say about them is true.

ARIES CAN TALK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES ALL DAY LONG

If you really want a reply from an Aries, ask them what they do all day or when they are bored. Ask them if anything exciting happened or that if there was something weird that they’ve seen. Aries people knows how to enjoy. This is why when you ask them, they will wholeheartedly confide to you about what is up and put some humorous remarks here and there too.

Aries people are easy to talk to because they can talk about anything that interests them. You just have to ask the right questions and you wouldn’t miscue words and metaphors on your letter.

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Famous Writers

David Levithan – On Unconditional Love

David Levithan is by far the best in telling stories about love in a literary form. Although his books tackle more on the young adult kind of love, don’t we all need a little reminder of how exciting it is to love without inhibitions and control? The kind of love that is so deep that no pain or scar can ever be the key to being scared or frightened. Most of his works are remarkable because it all shows us that love can thrive and survive even in the most bizarre ways.

Here are some lines from some from David Levithan’s novels:

“What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity? I suddenly realize why people believe in déjà vu, why people believe they’ve lived past lives, because there is no way the years I’ve spent on this earth could possibly encapsulate what I’m feeling. The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations—all of them rearranging themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In you heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are now just arriving at the place you were always meant to be.”
― David LevithanEvery Day

“Sometimes when you hit send, you can imagine the message going straight into the person’s heart. But other times, like this time, it feels like the words are merely falling into a well.”
― David LevithanEvery Day

“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.”
― David LevithanEvery Day

If you ever plan on writing a love letter, trust that the words of David Levithan can bring you to the right path. A little inspiration and a lot of love can really go a long way.