Bereavement Thank You Notes: Examples and Tips

Bereavement Thank You Notes are often difficult to write.

You are

grieving the loss of a loved one.

The last thing you may want to do now, is sit down and write a sympathy note about his or her passing to numerous friends and relatives.

So if this task initially proves to be too painful, then let it be.

Don't push yourself. Most people will understand.

For others, writing sympathy notes of this

kind can prove very therapeutic.

In fact, expressing your need and appreciation for the love and support of loved ones during this difficult time, may make you feel less alone.

And writing about the good that you and others remember about

your lost loved one, may actually help you to work through thegrieving process.

Below, you'll find examples of sympathy thank you notes to aid you with this important task.

Examples of Bereavement Thank You Notes


No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you have shown to us after the passing of (name of deceased). We are deeply grateful.

With love,


Bereavement Thank You Notes for Clergy

Dear Reverend ________________:

The eulogy that you delivered for (name of deceased) was beautiful. We were especially moved at your mention of (his/her) sharp wit and love of life.

(Name of deceased)

was a source of great joy in our lives, and we will miss (his/her) fun-loving nature and keen sense of humor. Thank you for honoring (him/her) in such a sincere and heart-felt manner.

We greatly appreciate your loving tribute.

With Warmest Regards,


Dear Rabbi ______________:

This is truly a time where my faith is being tested. It has not been easy to accept

the death of (name of deceased).

While I am sure that (he/she) is in a much better place, it has been difficult to let go.

Your counsel has pointed me to the path of healing. Thank you for helping me to grieve, laugh and cry.

Sincerely yours,


More Bereavement Thank You Notes

Dear ______________:

The loving


you have shown during this tremendously difficult time is so greatly appreciated.

The white lilies you sent were exquisite. I know that (name of deceased) would have truly adored them.

On behalf of my family, I thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Bereavement Thank You Note for Death of a Spouse

Dear ______________:

As you know, (name of deceased) was a devoted (husband/wife) to me and a wonderful (father/mother) to (his/her) children. We are blessed to have had (his/her) love and presence in our lives for so many years.

Losing (name of deceased) has been a very painful experience. Your loving support has been a great help. Thank you for being there when we needed you most.

With Love,

For more examples of bereavement thank you notes, please see our sympathy thank you notes page.

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