Dear Mr. Rick,
On behalf of everyone here at the office, I write to send you our heartfelt condolences on the death of your wife. Those of us who had the honor to know her are aware of the great loss you have suffered. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Gerry is looking after your desk at time being so there is no need for you to worry about your work. However I expect you to return to work when you feel you are ready to resume and not any earlier.