At some point in your career, you may need to resign from your job due to personal problems or family reasons. A family breakup, illness of a loved one, or a family relocation may cause you quit. In this scenario, it is highly advisable to provide your employer with a letter of resignation defining the cause of your resignation. This kind of resignation may open the doors of re-employment at some later stage.

Resignation letters are important documents and are like a record of your reason for quitting. If you are leaving for personal/family reasons, it must be communicated so the employer is assured that your resignation has nothing to do with job dissatisfaction. A proper, well informed and timely resignation (with adequate, two weeks’ notice period if possible) also speaks of your professionalism and comes in handy when you decide to re-enter the job market.

Format of Resignation Letter for Family Reasons

Despite the tragic situation you are facing, maintain an optimistic tone throughout the letter. Format it wisely like any other professional letter.

The opening paragraph should highlight your intention to resign along with the notice period.

In the second/third paragraph(s), which typically forms the main body of your letter, state reason of your resignation. Add some words of appreciation for the firm that employed you and where you got many learning experiences. You might consider adding a few lines appraising the managers, your colleagues and the work environment in general.

The last paragraph serves two purposes. Firstly, it is meant to communicate if you have any intention of rejoining the firm at a later point in time if the odds turnout well. The second purpose is to request a letter of recommendation or reference that might come in handy for future job hunts. End the letter politely, with a generous offer to stick around and complete any unfinished business, while the replacement is being trained. If you can afford, offer a two week’s notice period as well.

Following are two resignation letter examples due to family reasons.


Resignation Letter Due to Family Reasons – Sample 1


Cecil Benedict
685 Beckett Sq
Elyria, OH 87445
(012) 000-9999
cecil @ email . com

May 1, 2016

Ms. Jenifer Royce
Robust Associates
909 Tisbury Road
Dayton, OH 87665


Dear Ms. Royce:

I regretfully inform you that I intend to resign from my current position as Sales Associate for Robust Associates effective two weeks from now i.e. May 14, 2016.

My resignation is solely based on personal reasons and it does not – in any way- imply that I am dissatisfied with my work. On the other and, a family obligation forces me to relocate and it won’t be possible for me to continue work.

I appreciate the opportunity I have given to work as a part of the winning team at Robust Associates for the past two years. My experience here has helped me grow professionally while rendering me the correct exposure of the industry needed to excel in the field of sales. I enjoyed my professional life immensely during this tenure and also had the chance of meeting some amazing people who were my colleagues.

I will be more than happy to assist in training of my replacement and complete any pending tasks till my last day of work. For any correspondence necessary after my resignation, you may use my new address as mentioned above. I also request a letter of recommendation based on my services at Robust Associates.



Cecil Benedict
Sales Associate
Employee Number: 621S


Resignation Letter for Family  / Personal Reasons – Sample 2


Hannah Martin
8754 Irving Ave
Lakeville, MN 87554
(005) 333-5555
hannah @ email . com

May 1, 2016

Mr. Michael Smith
Hitch Enterprises
89 Cobble Towers
Lakeville, MN 87554


Dear Mr. Smith:

I am writing this letter to resign from my position as a front desk receptionist effective May 8, 2016.

As you know my son is seriously ill and I need to take him frequently for visits to the medical specialist. Therefore, it become very difficult for me to create a balance among his needs and my job demands. The frustration stemming due to this reason has also taken its toll on my work quality now. In the presence of these circumstances, after serious thoughts and consideration, I have come up with this decision.

During my 6 years work at Hitch Enterprises, I have learnt a lot regarding front desk handling. In addition, my public dealing skills have also groomed under your kind guidance and supervision. I am very grateful for the mentoring you and your supportive team have provided me during my work here.

I will highly appreciate your kind consideration regarding me re-employment once my personal problems will be settled. Thank you very much.



Hannah Martin
Front Desk Receptionist
Hitch Enterprises
Ext: 214