How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation for a Cultural or Religious Rite of Passage

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Honor your letter's recipient with sensitivity to the cultural or religious significance of the occasion.

This guide helps you touch the lives of those undergoing a cultural or religious rite of passage when you present your genuine, original letters that will be treasured forever. It includes everything relevant for this writing theme from the author’s comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special.

Just follow these five steps—Plan It!, Write It!, Package It!, Present It!, and Enhance It!—to enjoy the process and share the love and appreciation.

Discover these valuable tools:

  • How to honor someone celebrating a birth, childhood rite of passage, puberty, or marriage; someone who died recently; a well-loved ancestor; or an individual undergoing profession of faith, religious consecration, or ordination
  • Over 600 powerful words to help you describe your honoree, organized into nine demographic lists
  • A selection of the best inspirational quotations to enhance your letters
  • A variety of sentence jumpstarts in case you need a boost.

Sample tips:

  • What to write in your letter [commemorating a religious or cultural rite at puberty]. Start with an expression of your congratulations on having reached this milestone. Express pride in the young person's accomplishment.... depending on the nature and significance of the rite, you could comment on the significance of the rite in the honoree's life; express confidence that the person will become an admirable young man or woman who religiously follows the family or community's spiritual values....
  • Writing and delivering a eulogy. Try to establish a theme. It can be a question ("What was George Miller really like?"), a quotation that inspires a theme ("Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest." —Mark Twain); a metaphor ("Priscilla's life was like a sweet dream, filled with a zest for life"); or alliteration ("Eugene was cantankerous, caring, and courageous"). The theme helps tie together the disparate parts of the deceased individual's life, which you'll be describing....

Together we can change the world, one heartfelt letter at a time. Use this guide to get started now!

Here's what William Courter wrote about this guide:

This book is absolutely outstanding. It is extremely thorough and educational, helping the reader to write the perfect letter to celebrate a religious rite of passage. I loved the details that were presented from the length of the letter to the stationery to the writing style. I also loved the description of content, remembering to highlight a treasured memory and the impact of the memory, plus the impact of the person.

I equally loved the many descriptions of the possible events from birth to death and the examples of the religious rites, including Japanese culture, Latin American culture, Central African culture, etc. I also appreciated the writer's sensitivity by including a broad spectrum of faiths from Judaism to Buddhism to the Catholic Church. Lynette Smith is a true professional writer. We should all listen to her advice and enhance our lives and the people we love by writing more letters that truly matter.