How to Word a Sympathy Thank You

by Linda Donahue

Finding the right words after times of sorrow can be difficult. Although people do not expect thank you cards for attending funerals or for gifts or flowers sent, if you choose to reply with thank you cards, perhaps some of these ideas will help you find the right words. Simply speak from your heart and your thoughtful replies will be appreciated by all.

Send thank you notes within two weeks of the funeral, or whatever cause has generated sympathy cards and gifts.

Send thank you cards and notes to anyone who made donations, sent gifts or flowers. Likewise, send cards and notes to the clergy, to pallbearers, any other workers involved in the situation, and send them to any friends and loved ones who provided any type of helpful service, including babysitting, during the time of grief or trouble.

Write "Thank you for your thoughtfulness" as a general sentiment.

Add "Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated during this difficult time."

Add "Your kind thoughts are appreciated."

For gifts, you can acknowledge the gift or donation by writing, "Thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement you sent." Or, "for your generous donation" can be inserted to personalize each note.

Items you will need

  • Thank you card

About the Author

I teach belly dance classes and perform with a dance troupe. I also teach tai chi classes. I practice empty hand forms as well as weapon forms and have competed in tai chi competitions, earning a gold and three silver medals. I have also judged at tai chi tournaments. As an Air Force Brat, I grew up traveling and have lived overseas in Okinawa. I taught AP and IB computer science for 18 years and designed a CS III course that was the first (and to my knowledge) the only CS III course to receive Texas State accreditation.

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