Funeral Leave Letter

Unfortunate but inevitable, death is part of life, and just like weddings and birthdays, funerals are also events one has to attend. If someone you knew has passed away, here you can find out how to write a funeral leave letter to take time off from work and fulfill your duty to the deceased.

Tips on Writing a Funeral Leave Letter

  • You don’t need to give a lot of details regarding the deceased. Just stick to the point.
  • Give a reason as to why you need a leave (travelling, organizing etc).
  • State the dates of your leave clearly and when you will be back to work.
  • Give a small update regarding your work status.
  • Leave contact information for emergencies.


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    Sample of a Funeral Leave Letter #1

    Timothy Stuart
    VP Marketing

    David Pine
    Assistant Manager Marketing


    October 2nd, 2010

    Mr Stuart,

    I must regretfully request a personal leave to attend the funeral of my paternal grandfather. The funeral will be held in Arizona, and I will be flying out tonight. I expect to be gone from the office from October 3 to October 4, and will report back to work on Wednesday, October 5.

    While there are several projects I am handling currently, my  work will not be affected by such a short leave. However, in the even that my assistance is required, I can be contacted via phone or e-mail.


    David Pine

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    Funeral Leave Letter Sample #2


    John Henry
    VP Sales
    XYZ Corporation
    123 Davis Street, London
    November 2nd, 2013

    Mr Stuart,

    It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of my grandfather's death. He passed away last night, and his funeral is going to be in New York tomorrow. I must leave today in order to attend the funeral and help with the organizing.

    Hence, I would like to ask for a leave of absence from November 3 to 5 so I can pay my last respects. I will be rejoining work on the 7th.

    I am currently working on the Davidson account, and my team, including John Smith and Robert Redford, can cover for me until I return.

    If you need to reach me, you can call my personal number during the leave.


    David Pine

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    Template of a Funeral Leave Letter

    (Supervisor's Name)
    (Supervisor's Position)

    (Your Name)
    (Your Position)

    (Date letter submitted)

    (Last name of Supervisor),

    I would like to request a (Number of days) personal leave to attend my (Relation to deceased) funeral. He passed away (Day - today/yesterday) and the funeral will be held in (Location).

    My work is (Work status - Pending assignments etc) and (Colleague name) will be covering for me while I am gone.

    I expect to be back to work on the (Return date) and can be contacted on my (personal number/email address).

    Hope you will favorably consider my request.


    (Your Name)

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