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Dear [recipient's name]:
As you have probably heard, our aunt Marie passed away on Monday after a lengthy illness and much suffering. As much as it was expected, we miss Aunt Marie so much and are overwhelmed with grief.
We have written a special obituary in honor of Aunt Marie, so please read it in today's local newspaper. Several of our family members contributed to writing this obituary, which goes into various details about Aunt Marie's life that you might not have known. The moving article also includes a couple of beautiful photos.
We hope you are touched by Aunt Marie's memory as you read the obituary, and thank you so much for encouraging and supporting us.
[Sender's first and last names]