Sympathy Thank You Messages/ Condolence Thank You Notes, Condolence Notes, Sympathy Flowers Thank You Messages, Thank You.
bereavement thank you note to everyone who paid respects at a visitation.
You may, however, want to write a note to acquaintances, friends, and relatives who sent flowers, made a donation, or provided assistance in some way.
If it is too difficult to
write sympathy thank you letters yourself, it is appropriate to have another family member, or even a close friend, write them for you.
Send notes within a few weeks of the funeral.
Handwrite a personal message, which can be a brief recognition such as: “Thank you for the beautiful flowers. Your kindness is appreciated at this difficult time.”
Here are some examples to guide you.
You were so thoughtful to take care of my dogs during this difficult time. It was comforting to know I didn’t have to worry about them. Thank you for being such a good friend.
Thank you for your donation to the American Lung Association. I know Dad would have appreciated your generosity.
The family of [name] wishes to extend their appreciation for the lovely flower arrangement sent by your company. He talked often of how much he enjoyed working for you.
Sincerely, The Family of [name]
On the following page, you’ll find more sympathy thank you notes.
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Do not take the small etiquette omission as an insult. Here are some notes one can send in thanks for flowers, gifts, or attending funeral or memorial services.
Write with pen. Whether you've chosen a card or a letter, hand-write the note in pen rather than typing it or writing in pencil. Again, this will give the thank-you a more intimate and polished feel.
Address the recipient(s) by name. Opening with “Dear ___” breaks the ice and keeps the message intimate.
Thank the recipient(s) for something specific. This can be an actual item (flowers, a card), a gesture of condolence (attending a funeral, making a heartfelt phone call), or simply emotional support. Mentioning specifics demonstrates that you noticed and appreciated the effort made.
Make your gratitude clear. Begin wrapping up your thoughts by offering a general expression of appreciation. State how much their kindness or condolences have meant to you and your family.
Conclude the note. Write “Sincerely,” “With love,” “Warm regards,” “From our hearts,” etc. before signing your name(s).
by William Spear. Posted in Funeral Etiquette, Funeral Services - 2 Comments
After you make it through the visitation and funeral service for a loved one, your family is still faced with many tasks to complete, including writing thank you notes.
You should send a thank you note to everyone who sent flowers, made memorial donations, brought food, or did other things to help you and your family.
From a funeral etiquette point of view, you do not need to send thank you notes to someone for attending the visitation or funeral/memorial service, or for sending a card; however, you can acknowledge their presence in your thank you note for flowers, memorials, etc.
As you sit down to write thank you notes, you may feel like you don’t have the words to express what you want to say. If you have read my blogs What Should I Say? or Things NOT to say…, you will know that you don’t have to say anything deep or profound; just keep it simple and from your heart.
I would always suggest that you write at least a brief note, even if your thank you notes have a printed saying or acknowledgement in them. It makes for a more personalized and meaningful note. You can also write more if there is a personal connection or story that was shared and you want to acknowledge that in the note. Do what is in your comfort zone.
Below are some ideas to help you see how simple your note can be and you can go from there.
Thank you for your support of our family as we grieve the loss of our mother.
Thank you for the memorial donation to the Alzhiemer’s Association in honor of grandpa Ben. Your tribute to our grandpa is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your friendship and presence at our time of need. It was truly a comfort to our family.
The vase of white lilies you sent was a beautiful tribute to our loving mother.
Thank you for the donation in honor of dad. Your support and friendship has been a comfort to me during this difficult time.
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One way that we help reduce the burden on the families we serve is to make detailed lists of all the flowers and memorial donations that are received. This gives the family an easy to follow list of people that need to be thanked for these tributes.
We also deliver the memorial donations to the organization(s) they were given to so the family is not left with yet another task to complete while they grieve.
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"Thank you for your sympathy card and flowers. We are deeply touched by your words of condolence and are thankful that you are there for us at this difficult time .
If you live long enough, there will come a time when you will experience the decease of someone close to you.
At such a time, the love and support of family and friends is absolutely invaluable.
Below, you’ll find sample sympathy thank you notes that can be used for loved ones who have been there for you during your time of loss.
Or, perhaps you need to send a sympathy note to someone else who has recently lost a loved one. But what do you say? And how?
To aid you in expressing your condolences to others, we've posted a mix of sympathy notes on the latter half of this page.
with specific phrases that describe your knowledge or experience with the deceased--be it first or second-hand, formal or informal.
Let sincerity be your guide here.
Showing compassion, while keeping it real, will always be appreciated.
Sample Sympathy Thank You Notes
Sympathy Thank You Notes for
Flowers, Cards, etc.
The kind, generosity of good friends like you has been a great help to us during this very difficult time.
My (father, mother, grandparents, family) and I would like to offer our most sincere thanks for the
(flowers, card, or other gift) you sent in memory of (name of deceased).
Thank you so very much for your loving support.
Your loving support after (name of deceased)’s passing meant a great deal to our family. The gorgeous white roses you sent were fabulous. I know that (name of deceased) would have loved them.
On behalf of my family, I offer you our most sincere gratitude and love.
Tributes, Food, etc. Dear ______________________:
(Name of deceased) was most precious to our family. Thank you for honoring (his/her) memory with your very meaningful tribute. We will be forever grateful for the loving memories you have shared with us and we’ll treasure them for a lifetime.
Please know that we greatly appreciated the (name food item) you brought by.
It was most delicious and we know you prepared it with love.
Thanks so much for thinking of us at this very difficult time.
There are simply no words to express my heartfelt thanks for the sympathy you have extended toward our family during this time of loss.
We are deeply grateful to you.
With our love,
You have been a rock to my family during this time of loss. I know that (name of deceased) treasured your friendship, and that the two of you shared much love and respect. Your presence and willingness to help with anything needed was a great comfort.
Please know that we are deeply grateful for your kind devotion.
With our love,
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