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Dear [recipient's name]:
It is with very heavy hearts that my brothers and I are writing today to let you know that our mother passed away yesterday morning at home. As you know, she had been really ill for the past couple of years, and we are thankful that she is no longer in pain. We are now pulling together the details and will keep you informed, but so far we know that the funeral will be held at First Methodist Church this Friday at 11 a.m.
We thank you in advance for being supportive of our family during this very challenging time. We will need and cherish your prayers and caring in the upcoming days and weeks.
[Sender's first and last names]