Writing is often an easier way to say you're sorry than meeting someone face-to-face.

Have you made a mistake in your past that has damaged your relationship with someone whom you truly care for? Are you ready to make amends and find closure for this past mistake? It's not always easy coming up with the right words to apologize to someone. But writing an apology letter can sometimes be the best way to say everything that you have been wanting to say.

Whether it's a close friend, family member or even a past co-worker, it sometimes takes a sincere apology in order to amend a troubled relationship. If you feel as though you owe someone an "I'm sorry" for something you did in your past, life is too short to put it on hold. Take responsibility and acknowledge your mistakes.

Once you acknowledge what it is that caused trouble with this relationship, put it on paper and let the recipient know that you take responsibility for your actions. Write open an apology letter with acknowledgment of your actions. This will often catch the person's attention, letting them know that you recognize your mistakes and are not making excuses for them. Don't be defensive but humble.

Apologize sincerely. Write down the words that you have been wanting to say for so long, but haven't had the courage to do so. Some example of sincere apology statements include:

  • I am deeply regretful for the bad decisions that I have made in my past.

  • I understand and acknowledge the mistakes that I have made and I am sincerely sorry for the pain that I have caused.

  • I apologize for the bad decisions which caused our relationship such heartache.

  • I'm sorry for all that I have done and only hope that I can have a second chance to make it right.

State how you have changed or how you plan to make sure your past behavior or actions will not repeat themselves. This will make the recipient feel more comfortable with giving the relationship another chance.


  • Apology letters are a great way of helping yourself to find closure for the past mistakes you have made. They can also sometimes help the recipients find closure as well. Everyone makes mistakes; in order to learn and grow from them, we must be able to admit fault and take responsibility.