Bereavement Thank You Notes

Bereavement thank you notes can be difficult to write.

Whether you need to say thank you for your sympathy to someone who sent flowers or say thank you to someone who drove in the funeral profession, you can use these tips and samples as a guide.

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Formal Funeral Thank You Notes

Sample for Letters of Condolence or Memories Shared via Video, While Sitting Shiva, or at the Services

Dear Mr. and/or Ms. (Insert Names)

My family and I are very thankful to you for your comforting words of condolence on the death of my choose one: brother/sister/father/mother, Insert Name of deceased. Your fond memories of John are greatly appreciated.

Kindest Regards,
Your Name

Example of Formal Sympathy Thank You Note Written by a Member a Member of the Family Other Than the Recipient of the Condolence Note Or Card

Etiquette Tip: A cousin or other family member can write a thank you letter in response to a sympathy letter, flowers or other token of condolence if the recipient of the letter or gift cannot write the letter him or herself. There is no need to explain why you are writing on another's behalf.

Dear Mr. and/or Ms. (Name/s),

On behalf of my sister, Joanne Smith, I am writing to thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement and card (or expressing your sympathy, generous charitable donation, wonderful photos of our mother, etc) you sent to honor the memory of our mother, Patricia. Your thoughtfulness during this difficult time for our family is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,
Your Name

Informal Bereavement
Thank You Notes

Sympathy Thank You Note to a Close Friend

Etiquette Tip: A letter to a close friend is best when it reflects the closeness of the friend without being effusively sentimental or maudlin.

Dear Sam,

The note you sent after my Aunt Jenny died was very thoughtful and touching. It was a sad and trying time for me, and your support truly boosted my spirits. Thanks for sharing your memories of Aunt Jenny and our summers at the roller rink. Those were fun times for all of us. Thank you for being so understanding and compassionate. It really helped.

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