Sympathy Thank You Notes

If you live long enough, there will come a time when you will experience the decease of someone close to you.

It's inevitable.

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.

Personalize them

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.

Dear ______________________:

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.

Sincerely yours,


Dear _______________________:

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.

Yours Sincerely,


More Sympathy Thank You Notes for

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.

With love,


Dear _______________________:

I know that you loved (name of deceased), and count his recent passing a great loss.

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.

Sincerely yours,

More Sympathy Thank You Notes

Dear ____________________:

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,


Dear _____________________:

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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