Immediate Resignation Letter due to Family Emergency

Updated on: February 22, 2020
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Resignation letters are written in different kinds of situations.

Some people may provide a month’s notice of their intent to leave because they have secured another job or are moving away – others may have to resign immediately due to an emergency.

In the latter case, writing a letter of resignation can become a bit of a problem.

How do you resign with immediate effect if your contract or employment agreement states that you have to provide a 30 days’ notice?

It won’t be easy to convince an employer to let you go, even if you provide them with details of the emergency at hand.

But since one has to do what one has to do, you should provide written notice of one’s intent to leave an organization, charting out exactly why he or she is resigning with immediate effect.

How to write an Immediate Resignation Letter due to Family Emergency?

When writing an immediate resignation letter, make sure that you use an apologetic tone. Do not leave any details out – if it is a family emergency that is forcing you to resign, detail what kind of emergency and how you intend to help.

An immediate resignation may mean that you might not be eligible for benefits such as employee funds or even a reference letter.

However, the employer may agree to the latter if your case sounds genuine.

Related: Resignation Letter Due to Family Reasons

So write genuinely, providing as much detail as you can. Here is an example:


Immediate Resignation Letter due to Family Emergency


Jean Berry
Project Officer
Tel: (000) 215-8545

February 22, 2020

Mr. Guy Ritchie
Project Manager
7500 University Avenue
Silver Springs, MD 29033


Dear Mr. Ritchie:

It is with great regret and sadness that I am handing in my resignation letter – with immediate effect. I am afraid that I will not be able to come to work from tomorrow due to a family emergency that I cannot ignore.

Two weeks ago, my father slipped and broke his back, and has recently been released from the hospital. His doctor advised that we keep a full-time caregiver for him as his bones will take a long time to heal. Since we cannot afford to pay for a full-time caregiver at this time, I have no choice but to leave what I am doing and act as his caregiver until we can make other arrangements.

I realize that my contract dictates that I provide a 30 days’ notice of my intent to leave – I am afraid this is not possible for me as I have to rush back home to Baltimore immediately. Before I leave today, I will hand over my work to my colleague Ms. Greta Hall and ask her to take over until other arrangements can be made to replace me.

I am truly apologetic for putting you at an inconvenience by leaving immediately – if I had a choice, I would have provided the required notice. I appreciate your understanding of my predicament.



Jean Berry