"Sincere wording for after funeral thank you notes and cards."
Writing funeral thank you notes at a time
of loss, I know, is the last thing on your mind.
Don't feel that sending thank you notes after a funeral is a must do and please don't feel obliged to send one to everybody.
Sending thank you notes is a way of expressing your gratitude to family and friends who were a comfort to you at the funeral, to say thank you for funeral flowers and for help and support given.
In which case I am here to help you. I have composed thank you wording that you can use and change accordingly.
I know of people who have not sent out funeral thank you notes, myself included. However, I now regret not doing so.
Composing thank you messages, writing thank you cards after the funeral and thanking those for their sympathy and presence at the funeral may even bring comfort to you. I sincerely hope so.
1. Make a list of all those who: sent funeral flowers, made a donation, helped with babysitting, helped with the funeral arrangements, prepared food or helped with buffet arrangements or did something that extra special. You might like to include these details in your thank you note.
2. Don't feel pressured into sending a funeral thank you note to everyone.
3. If you don't feel up to it, don't do it. Enlist the help of a family member or friend who can help with the purchasing of the stationery and be responsible for the mailing. That leaves you to only think about the wording.
4. Write thank you wording that is simple.
5. Handwrite the funeral thank you notes if possible. Alternatively you can purchase pre-printed cards and write a line or two.
Of course, the above are only suggestions. Nothing is written in stone. Take one step at a time, and that includes writing your thank you notes.
It was very kind of you to attend John's funeral service. I know it must have been difficult for you to travel such a long way after just having had your operation.
However, you being present meant a lot to me and my family. You were one of John's dearest friends and I know he treasured your friendship.
Thank you and kindest regards,
Thank you so much for coming to Peter's funeral. It meant so much to us having close friends of our family present.
It was so thoughtful of you to help with the buffet after the service and thank you for the pastries you brought. Your kindness and sympathy during this difficult time is so much appreciated.
Dear Mr and Mrs Jones,
It meant a great deal to me that you came to Marie's funeral. It was a difficult day and your presence was of great comfort to me.
Your participation in the service was a great help and your words about Marie, so touching.
Thank you for serving as a pallbearer at Jane's funeral. I am truly grateful to you and your family for your love and support at this difficult time.
Thank you for attending Jim's funeral and also for your generous donation. Supporting the cancer association means so much to our family and it was Jim's wish that donations were to be made instead of flowers.
As you know Jim always supported the charity and it would have meant a lot to him to know that so many contributions were made.
Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement you sent to my father's funeral. As you know, daffodils were his favourite flowers and it's lovely that you remembered.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Dear Pastor Jones,
We were deeply touched by the funeral message you delivered for James. James was a fun loving boy and he will be sorely missed by family and friends. Thank you for honoring him and capturing his spirit with such heartfelt words.
With Warmest Regards,
The Smith Family
You might like to include a funeral thank you verse in your notes or cards.
"Death is at once
"The end of the body’s
"And the beginning of the soul’s
"~ author unknown ~
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.
Grief is a long journey, take as much time as you need.
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Lovely site. Very helpful. The site is well done, and I found it very helpful in choosing just the right words for my needs. THANK YOU for putting the effort into sharing your wisdom. Pam