Funeral Thank-You Note Wording
Suggested wording for funeral thank-you
Writing thank-you notes after a funeral may be done by an
individual or divided among family members. It's okay to ask a
close friend for help writing and mailing funeral thank-you notes
and acknowledging expressions of sympathy at and after a
If you are not sure what to write in a funeral thank you note,
below are examples of funeral and sympathy thank-you note wording.
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FUNERAL AND SYMPATHY THANK-YOU NOTE
clergy, spiritual counselor.
A brief note to the celebrant, clergy or spiritual counselor can
convey your appreciation for their comforting words and help.
Thank you for your spiritual
counsel and services at the funeral of my mother. Especially at
times like these, your guidance is so appreciated.
Thank you for serving as a pallbearer. You are a true
friend. Your contributions to the service were a tremendous help. I
appreciate your kindness.
attending the funeral or visitation
It is not necessary to send a thank-you to everyone who attended
the funeral or visitation. But if you would like to acknowledge
someone, a simple thank-you note would be appreciated.
Dear Mr. and Mrs.
It was really nice to see you
at my mother's funeral. I really appreciate the effort you made to
travel such a distance. I was grateful to hear your memories, and
your support made a difference to me and my family.
flowers and memorial contributions
A thank-you note is sent to each person who sends flowers or a
memorial contribution. If the flowers or contribution is from a
group, send the note to the leader of the group.
Thank you for the beautiful
pink arrangement of flowers. Roses were Mom's favorite and they
served as a reminder of the special friend you were to her/ how
much you and the others meant to her.
relatives and special friends
If relatives and special friends send floral arrangements, a
memorial contribution, food or assist in other ways, a thank-you
note is an appropriate way to show your appreciation.
Dear Penny and
I want to thank you for the
wonderful meal you delivered to our home after the funeral. It was
delicious and such a thoughtful gesture. My mother really valued
your friendship. Your kindness is greatly
If a co-worker extends him or herself, it is appropriate to
thank that person with a handwritten note.
I appreciate your stepping in
and covering my work during this difficult time. Thank you for your
support. It will make it easier when I return to the office next
sympathy cards and letters
If you receive a sympathy card, it is appropriate to send an
acknowledgement card. If a personal note was included in the
sympathy card, a brief note should be written inside the thank-you
card. If you receive a longer sympathy letter, that should be
acknowledged with a personal reply.
It was so thoughtful of you
to remember us at this time. Thank you for taking the time to share
your memories of Mom with us. Your words were such a comfort.
Friends like you have helped us get through this difficult
If you receive a sympathy email, although optional you may reply
by email or a handwritten note.
Thank you for sending your
words of sympathy. It was kind of you to show you
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