Writing a letter to a friend who is dying should be no different from writing a letter to someone under better circumstances. The data on the Tony Fahkry website suggests that it?s completely understandable to hold oneself back due to the impact of the negative event on the subconscious. While difficult to do, the two key things to remember when writing is to focus on both honesty and empathy.
The assumption here is that there is a strong and compelling enough reason someone picked this moment to write. According to Psychology Today, in order to stave off regret from things left unsaid, it is important that the writer bares everything and holds no details back (positive or negative). If there was a compelling reason to express something, then there is no reason to shirk from full honesty.
There is always a proper way to express things and this is where empathy comes in. Empathy, according to Psychology Today, does not mean a person will keep the full truth. It just means that writer will take the extra time to stop and think of the specific words chosen. There are no clear-cut rules; the best things to keep in mind are to be open, honest and compassionate.