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Best words to give condolences to a project team member?



Best words to give condolences to a project team member?

Should the letter be short or long?

How would we know if to include religion in the comments or not?

Should a Project Manager send it on his own or should he/she cc the project team?
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If the team does not already know about their loss, it's best to address it just to the team member personally. A short letter should suffice wishing that God or Universe (no religious references) provides them strength and courage to endure the difficult time and offer to help if there is something that you as a Project Manager can do to ease their existing work load while they recover.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Dec 10, 2017 1:50 AM
Sante Vergini
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Better to keep religion (and any alleged deities) out of it, since it could be an atheist/agnostic also, who isn't going to appreciate or even believe that a god can provide strength and courage at all.



A card, a note saying that you are thinking of them at this difficult time, and an offer for any help they may need.



I would prefer to send a short email or a card saying that you and the entire team are committed to helping the team member through this difficult time. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.



Dear team:
A program and its projects are a treasure and when we lose it, we value it even more. A fall, it is not defeat, we will continue working with more passion, we will make the lessons learned our map, we will monitor and follow the necessary ones so as not to fail again and with the help of God who will give us the necessary strength to face this failed design, as Program coordinator expressed my solidarity, friendship, esteem and respect.
Sincerely, Efraín



Should be short, less chance to stuff it up.



Dec 09, 2017 6:55 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®
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If the team does not already know about their loss, it's best to address it just to the team member personally. A short letter should suffice wishing that God or Universe (no religious references) provides them strength and courage to endure the difficult time and offer to help if there is something that you as a Project Manager can do to ease their existing work load while they recover.
Better to keep religion (and any alleged deities) out of it, since it could be an atheist/agnostic also, who isn't going to appreciate or even believe that a god can provide strength and courage at all.



Just to show your affection at this time of difficulties you are with him.



A short note offering your condolences and assistance if needed



I think a short note saying you are thinking of them at this difficult time is adequate, along with perhaps a comment offering practical assistance, if there is anything specific you can do to help them.

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