Bereavement Thank You Notes and Sympathy Thank You Letters

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.

Sympathy Thank You Notes

Dear Patrice,

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.



Dear Mr. and Mrs. Kelty,

Thank you for your donation to the American Lung Association. I know Dad would have appreciated your generosity.



Dear Mr. Roberson,

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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