When you lose a loved one, you’re usually showered with gifts, flowers, cards, and acts of service. Due to the nature of the circumstances, most people won’t expect to receive a thank you note for sympathy gifts. However, as time passes, you may start to feel inclined to send a personal thank you note to those closest to you, or whose kind actions made you feel the most supported.
Unlike with other thank you cards, there’s no pressure to send them to every single person who attended the funeral. While it’s not expected that you thank everyone who expressed condolences, you may still find your list of people growing. It’s also not necessary for you to get through the list all in one sitting. Write when you have the time and energy.
When compiling your list of recipients, think about how people have helped out during this time. Here are some common reasons to send people thank you notes for a funeral:
Composing a list of those you want to send thank you notes to is a great first step. Once that’s accomplished, here are some tips to make the process as stress-free as possible:
Writing a funeral thank-you note is extremely different from writing a card “with love” or writing a birthday card for an employee. Writing a thank you note for a card, gift, or act of service that was intended specifically to show support, or help with the grieving process is similar to writing one related to the funeral itself. The main difference here is that with a sympathy note you can leave out referencing the actual funeral service. Being specific is best when writing these, but a sincere general declaration of gratitude is totally acceptable as well.
As mentioned above, funeral thank you notes can be sent to express gratitude for a multitude of gestures related to the funeral or grieving process. Here, we’ll cover the above mentioned ways people may have helped out or expressed condolences, and some ideas and examples of things to include for each.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support when ________ passed away. You were such a wonderful friend to them, and it means so much that you would make such a long trip to celebrate their life with us. Staying behind to help with meals and our cats was such a huge bonus, and I will forever be grateful.
Thank you so much for the wonderful care package you sent our family. We appreciate your love and friendship so much, especially during this difficult time. You really are the best friends we could have asked for.
Hope to see you soon,
There are many reasons to send funeral thank you notes, and you won’t find a better way to say “thank you” than a handwritten card or note. Remember, you can express sincere gratitude in only a few lines.
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