Apology Letters: Saying Sorry To Friends & Family

Being at odds with friends and family can make you feel isolated. They're our closest relationships and often, the people we spend most of our time with.

Wanting forgiveness and to make things right again is only natural. When friends and family are involved, a meaningful and sincere apology is the only way to go.

Apology Letters to Friends & Family

Get inspired by these apology letters to parents, grandparents, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends or post an online apology letter for your friend or family member.


Apology To My Stepmom Denise 
This apology letter is for you Denise....Over the past year I have done nothing but cut you out of the happenings of my life. To an extent, we still don't …

I'm Sorry for Lying 
Telling my story hurts, not just because it is incredibly embarrassing, but because I've hurt someone really badly. Here it is: My ex and I took …

Apology Letter To A Friend 
Michelle, I realize you hate me now and you don't want to have anything to do with me or our friendship anymore. I accept that. But before I go …

My Apology Letter to a Very Special Friend 
To my dear friend who I hurt terribly and miss so badly, I just want to say I'm sincerely sorry for putting you through my overdose. I know I made it …

An Alcoholic's Apology Letter To His Son 
My dear son, I am deeply sorry for being an alcoholic for your entire childhood, all the way up to now when you are 15. You are such a good, gentle, …

An Apology Letter to Eric 
Dear Eric—The Man with an Amazing Voice, I am so very truly and deeply sorry for all the pain I caused you in the past. It was not your fault. …

An Apology Letter to Nina 
Dear Nina...I've thought long and hard about what you told me last night. I thought long and hard about it this morning. I'm thinking long and hard about …

I am so sorry, I never meant to hurt you... 
Nicholas... I am so sorry. I should never have looked into your personal stuff and I did. It was wrong, so very wrong. I have hated myself since that …

To Jessica...I'm Sorry 
There's been so many times that I've wanted to say this to you, even in person, but I haven't had the guts to know how yet, so I'm going to start here, …

Sincere Apology Not Acknowledged  
Several months ago I was asked in an email by a now former friend not to contact her again. What prompted her email was what I realize in hindsight was …

Apologies To Parents 
The child and parent relationship is a tricky one. As children we often feel the need to apologize to our parents--sometimes it's for things we've done …

Apology To My Son 
To my Dear son Jeff, I want to apologize to you from the depths of my soul for how my actions became so totally out of control, resulting in tremendous …

A Misunderstanding 
When my husband and I discovered that we needed to move (again) because we could not afford our condo in Florida I posted a message on FACEBOOK about our …

An Apology For A Really Dear Friend... 
Hi guys, I know my story is long but it has been affecting me everyday so can you please read it. Thank you very much. I've been really good friends …

You Brought Me To Life 
To my Parents, I know that I hurt you, I disobeyed you. I knew before that what I was going to do was wrong, and I still did it. Now I live every …

An Apology To Beanie 
Dear Beanie, I really don't know what else to do, so I am putting this apology out there for all the world to see. Perhaps the universe's powers might …

Spotty Apology! 
I am 21, but when I was in primary school I was really spotty and well I still am. Anyway, when I moved up to secondary school, me and my best friends …

Regrets 
All of us, who have lived a certain amount of life, have at least a few things to regret. Some things we wish we had done or not done, some sentences we …

The day I had my son 
They day I had my son my one true love broke my heart. We were together for almost a year until that day. I was lying there in my hospital bed and …

We All Make Mistakes. 
I've finally realised we all make mistakes...but does that mean we give up? The answer to that is no. We all have and will make mistakes, but we …

My apology Letter to Val P. 
Dear Val...I can’t say this to you in person because I have no idea where you are. I’ve looked for you over the years but never found you. I don’t know …

An apology to a dear friend, Andre 
Dear Andre...I know you probably want nothing to do with me anymore. I admit it was my fault. After about 2 months of acting weird or so, I guess I can't …

Heartfelt Apology Letter to Sam 
Dear Sam, You deserve more than a letter, but I know that a face to face is out of the question. Given the chance I would. I want to apologize for …

If Only There Was A Time Machine. I'm Sorry. 
Dearest Chloe, I don't know how to contact you because you won't speak to me in person, the people around you hate me for my actions and ultimately …

Dear Danielle, I am Sorry. 
You were there for me when no one else was. You were my soul mate when we were growing up. You were my everything. I used to look forward to seeing …

I will always miss you 
I am sorry for sending this to you. I know you don’t want to hear from me, but I haven’t been able to eat for days, and a real professional person told …

Apology Letter To My Brother 
I've always admired the way you are honest and have a smile on your face. Your whole attitude is innocent and contagious. But for several years, I have …

My Apology Letter, I'm Sorry Dad 
Dear Daddy, I’m writing this letter as an apology for my unessential behavior. I don’t really know where to start, I have so much to say but don’t know …

Apology Letter for Wronging You 
I had never really met a friend who was a sweet as you were, a girl who was so unique and fun to be around and as beautiful as you were... That is …

Apology Letter to Friends and Family 
From Evamarie: Over the last year or so, I have come to realize just how much I have hurt the people I love the most by shutting everyone out of my life. …

I'm sorry Sarah 
Hey Sarah. You probably don't want to speak to me I understand. I just want to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry for being such a terrible friend and leaving …

One last thing, I'm sorry. 
Never in another lifetime could I have imagined how drastically my life would change in such a minuscule amount of time. For once in my life, I can say …

Apology Letter to Chloe 
Chloe where do I begin? I suppose I'm sorry is where to start. I am so sorry. I should have just been there for you like I always would have. You have …

I'm sorry for not being myself. 
It's funny how the two of us get along so well and have swapped so many traditional roles. I'm sorry to say that "regularly" being a total jerk and getting …

My Precious Little One 
For my precious son or daughter. I can't apologise enough for what I'm going to do. You must understand that I'm just not ready for the responsibility …

Apology Letters: Being Truly Sorry 
RV from Canada writes... I'm truly sorry. I know you probably hate me right now and I don't blame you. I still have not forgiven myself and I don't …

Apology Letter to Karla 
Karla, I realize that you want me out of you're life because of all that I have done to hurt you and that you hate me now and don't want anything to …

It was all my fault 
Dear H. Kong, It was 7 months since I last met you. We didn't talk at all that night when I was about to leave. I couldn't sleep because the cab was …

An Apology to Dad & Donna 
Dear Dad, and Donna I know that I have been a selfish fool. I am so full of disgust for my behavior ...more so over the past 24 hours but definitely …

To my Parents 
Dear Mom and Dad, When I was born, I can only imagine the amount of joy, love, trust and devotion that I brought to you both. For my entire life you …

I'm sorry bestie, I really really am. 
Best friend? I hope you're okay. I really don't know what to say. There's so much going on right now, my mums ill, she hasn't been feeling well for ages …

Sorry for my shortcomings as a parent 
My dearest dearest children, I've been doing a great deal of thinking over the last few days, although to the world I have been decorating and cleaning, …

I took advantage of your kindness 
Dear John, I'm sorry for having shared inappropriate personal things with you about the problems in my marriage. It was wrong and unfair of me to keep …

Im Sorry 
From day one, you were a person who never treated me wrong. I was in a situation in which several people gave me a hard time and/or wouldn't give me the …

To my beautiful friends and family whose forgiveness I don't deserve 
Guys, I am SO sorry for what I did. The way I acted and lied was insensitive, unfair on all of you, and just downright selfish. I don't have any excuses …

I Died Inside That Night 
To my good old friend Apple L. I don't even know if you are gonna read about this cuz damn it's the "internet"! But, I'm apologizing for things I said. …

A Letter of Apology to my Beautiful Son 
Dear C, You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. The day I saw that pregnancy test was the day you saved my life. That day I threw …

Life is like a Roller Coaster  
I know you will probably never see this message Kim. I tried to send it to your e-mail address tonight but it's no longer active. I wanted to reach out …

Apologies and Family 
Sometimes we treat strangers better than we treat those we love the most. When that happens (and it happens to the best of us) the only thing we can do …

Apologies To My Friends 
Apology letters to friends and best friends are more often than not fraught with emotion and caring. We often take those closest to us for granted …

An Apology To Victor 
Dear Victor, I am sorry if I ever made you feel like I didn't care about you. But you were my best friend, you ARE my best friend and to be honest you …

Apology To A Dear Friend 
My dear friend, I know I have made some pretty serious mistakes during the course of our acquaintance and friendship. There are quite a few so I will …

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Hurting someone you care so much about it, is an added burden to the infraction that you've already committed. A simple "I'm sorry" is rarely enough.

Post an Online Apology

You need to let your friends and family know what you're sorry about and that you understand how it made them feel in order to demonstrate how important the relationship is to you.

You not only need to show them that you're aware of what you did but also express regret for it, accept responsibility, and find a way to make it up to them. Finally, you need to ask for forgiveness. Many people find it easier to write it all out in an apology letter rather than having to think on their feet while apologizing—so whatever you feel will work best for you and your situation is likely the way to go.

Learn more about the Art of Apologizing