Sample Sympathy Thank You Notes Wording

Wording sympathy thank you notes is a difficult task when you are grieving. Writing thank you messages for sympathy is the last thing on your mind, let alone thinking about who should actually receive one. 

I hope that my sample wording to say thank you will help you at this difficult time.

I, too, have lost loved ones and, must confess, did not even think about sending sympathy thank you notes at the time. I now regret it dearly, as the support, flowers and cards my family received at the time was overwhelming.

I have also included sympathy thank you notes for terminal illness.  You will find these towards the end of the page.

If someone you know has lost a loved one and you require help with sympathy card wording here, you will find thoughtful words to express sympathy and sample condolence letters.

Who Receives A Thank You Note?

There is no hard and fast rule. Write heartfelt  thank you messages to those who comforted you and shared in your loss.

Thank you cards or notes are normally sent out to the following, but there is no set rule.

Friends and loved ones who helped with the funeral services, in the preparation of food, babysitting or other arrangements.

Those who sent flowers, donations, cards, or gifts.



Sample Sympathy Thank You Notes

Dear Amanda,

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you sent in memory of dad. The wording in your card really touched my heart and will help me though the difficult time ahead.

Your help at this sad time is most appreciated.

Thanks again.



Dear Alison,

Thank you for your kind words and the support you gave us during Jane's illness and her passing. Jane was so lucky to have known you; you are a true friend.



Dear Julia and Peter,

The card you sent is lovely and the wording, so touching.  I am so thankful for your love and support. Losing Robert, so suddenly, has left me feeling so helpless and I am literally walking around in a fog. 

Your offer of help with the funeral is so much appreciated as I know I must try to gather strength for the coming weeks and months.



Sympathy Memorial Thank You Note Card -- Rose
Sympathy Memorial Thank You Note Card -- Rose
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Thank You Message For Flowers

Dear Jim,

The spring bulbs you sent in memory of Mum arrived yesterday. It is so kind of you to send such a lovely gift and I have already planted them in the garden. Dad will be able to enjoy their blooms next spring.

Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness and support during this difficult time.



Dear Amber,

Your beautiful flowers arrived today. Thank you so much for thinking of us and your kind words about Peter are very much appreciated.  



Sympathy Thank You Memorial Photo Card - Orchids
Sympathy Thank You Memorial Photo Card - Orchids
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Thank You Message For Sympathy

Dear Julie,

I don't know what I would have done without you! Thank you for all the help and support you gave me in organizing the funeral and the babysitting service. Words cannot express my gratitude.



Dear John,

Thank you for your thoughtful card and kind words you shared about Tom. It is nice to know that you are thinking of us at this sad time. I know you and Tom were close and his death must also come as a great shock to you. 

It is very kind of you to offer your help and support at the funeral, We really appreciate it.



Dear Veronica,

Your sympathy and prayers are much appreciated at this sad time.  Thank you for your kind words and the photographs you enclosed.  I love the one of mum and you on holiday last year, she was at her happiest then.

Thank you.



Sympathy Thank You - Terminal Illness

When my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer 16 years ago, I remember, the amount of cards and letters she received were so gratefully received.  Very sadly, my mum never had time to come to terms with her condition but she treasured every single message, card and flower that she received.

If you or a loved one are in such a position and would like to write a message of thanks, I hope the wording below might be of help.


Sadly, we did not receive the news we hoped for, today.  Laura is still in hospital and I would appreciate not receiving any calls, text messages or visitors, for the time being.  I just want to digest the news and be there for Laura.  I will let you all know when I am ready.  Please know that we are both thankful for all your support at this time.


Sympathy Thank You Notes


It is with heartbreaking sadness that I write to let you know that our beloved David passed away on Sunday morning. Without your generosity he wouldn't have been able to carry on with his cancer treatment, which in fact, was working. However, due to complications connected with his primary tumour, treatment had to be halted.  Sadly, this meant that the cancer spread aggressively and nothing more could be done.

We were all so full of hope and will be eternally grateful for all your generous donations to the fund.  It was David's wish to donate the remaining money to research into bowel cancer.

Thank you once again for all your well wishes and support over the last year.  I cannot even bring myself to imagine life without him.  My darling husband, a dear father, a caring brother, a loving son, a cherished uncle. A star in our lives forever taken.  Taken far too young.

Lots of love xxxxx



The last few days have been very difficult as I come to terms with the bad news.  But I thank each and every one of you for your support, love and above all, the hope that you give me.  I cherish all your messages.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Below is a card I designed, which is available to purchase from Zazzle. I hope you like it.

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Sympathy/Memorial Thank You Note Card Blue Thistle Gru├čkarte
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Thank you for providing such a helpful site. My mother died of cancer two months ago and while I wanted and needed to send 'thank yous' to different people, I was too muddled with grief to do so. Your sample notes were wonderful and I have sent all that was necessary. The relief is great and I am very grateful. Thank you and best wishes for your health and happiness.




I just want to give you a heart felt thank you. For just creating this site for people who really need to read words that gives a little comfort for losing a loved one. My husband passed away Wednesday 11/8/2017 at home from battling with CHF, A-fib,and low blood pressure.It feels like a piece of my heart is missing, that's the only way I can describe the pain and loneliness I feel. So again thank you for the blessing site you created.



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