Sample Funeral Thank You Notes Wording

"Sincere wording when writing funeral thank you notes"

Sending funeral thank you notes at a time of loss, I know, is the last thing on your mind. Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your loved one.

Writing thank you notes after the funeral 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 flowers and for help and support given.

Sadly, one is never prepared for a death. Everyone reacts differently.  Don't feel that sending thank you notes after a funeral is a must do and please don't feel obligated to send one to everybody.

I know of people who haven't sent any out, myself included. However, I now regret not doing so.

It is entirely up to you as to how much you write, a line or two is also fine.

My funeral thank you notes wording tips:

1. Make a list of all those who: sent flowers, made a donation, helped with babysitting, helped with the 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 message.

2. Don't feel pressured into sending one 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.  Personalized Thank You Notes that you might like

5. Handwrite your messages 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 funeral thank you notes.

Grief is a journey and you need to take as much time as you need to get where you feel comfortable. 

Sample Funeral Thank You Notes


It was very kind of you to attend John's 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,


Dear Mr and Mrs Jones,

It meant a great deal to me that you came to Marie's service.  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.

Kind regards,



Thank you.

Words simply cannot express how deeply we appreciate everything you have done to help us get through this difficult time. Your enduring love and support will always be remembered.



We greatly appreciate the love, kindness and sympathy you extended to us.  It will always be remembered.



Thank you so much for coming to Peter's service.  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.

With love,


Sympathy Memorial Thank You Note Card -- Rose
Sympathy Memorial Thank You Note Card -- Rose
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Dear William,

Thank you so much for bringing the cold cuts and cheese platter round after Mum's service.  It was so kind of you to think of us as, quite honestly, we haven't got our thoughts into gear, yet, as to where food is concerned. 

Love Judy and Tom



Thank you for serving as a pallbearer for Jane. I am truly grateful to you and your family for your love and support at this difficult time.

With love,



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.

Sincerely yours,


Dear Betty,

My family and I are so appreciative of your donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.  Tony had always been an avid supporter of the ABTA even prior to his condition and it was his wish that a donation be made in his memory. 



Dear Joanne,

Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement. As you know, daffodils were Tony's favourite flowers and it's lovely that you remembered.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Kind regards,


Dear Pastor Jones,

We were deeply touched by the 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 thank you verse in your funeral thank you notes or cards.

"Death is at once

"The end of the body’s

"Old journey

"And the beginning of the soul’s

"New journey."

"~ author unknown ~

Again, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.

You will find a lovely reading on my sympathy wording for loss of parents page.  Scroll to the bottom and have a read.  May it bring comfort to you.

Below is a sympathy thank you card I designed, which is available for you to purchase.  I hope you like it.

Sympathy/Memorial Thank You Note Card Blue Thistle Grußkarte
Sympathy/Memorial Thank You Note Card Blue Thistle Grußkarte
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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