Heartfelt wording for thank you for condolences might not come easy after the loss of a loved one. I have written condolence thank you notes to ease the task.
Following a bereavement, a press acknowledgement may be helpful, to thank people who helped you and your family through your sad time. Very few people in my opinion, expect a reply to a sympathy card, a wreath, hug or a gentle rub of a back.
You may wish to send a personal reply at a later date, so maybe an announcement in your local paper will help until you are ready to communicate.
It also acknowledges the invisible people who act without reward or attention, but who without them things would not have happened.
Here are some examples.
The family of the late ___________, wish to extend their thanks to all who helped and for the support given at the time of the loss of our dear (Mother) (Father) (Grandmother) (Grandfather) etc.
Special thanks to __________ , _____________, and all who traveled to be with us at this sad time.
______ , ______ , (Family Names) The family of the late ______ , wish to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who showed them sympathy on their recent sad bereavement.
Our thanks to all our extended families, relations, neighbours and friends, who showed, helped and supported us, prior to and after the funeral. In so many different ways, for which we are really appreciative.
Thank you to the medical staff, Doctors, Nurses who attended, and treated _____________ with dignity.
To the many others who helped with the service, to make it truly memorable.
As it will be impossible to thank all those concerned individually, please accept this press acknowledgement as a token of our heartfelt appreciation.
A donation has been made to ____________ as a thank you.
A service has been arranged with you in mind at ___ on ___ .
The family of the late ________ , would like to express sincere thanks for the support and sympathy they received after the sad loss of ____ .
As it would be currently, impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our appreciation.
The family of the late ______ , would like to express their sincere gratitude for all the wonderful people who were there and helped during our period of mourning.
As a token of our appreciation a donation has been made on your behalf to ________.
To loose you was
and time and
We've tried to find a
But no one can explain,
Life and death holds
But nothing is
We loved you then,
we love you now,
and we'll love
you for ever more.
If roses grow in
Lord please pick a
bunch for me.
Place them in
and tell her
They are from me.
Tell her I love and
and when she
turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her
cheek and hold her
For a while
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Sympathy thank-you newspaper messages, like their card and letter the thanks , but announce the good deeds of others to the general public.
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When it comes to couples and immediate families, there’s usually one person who gets designated the role “Public Representative for All Correspondence with Relatives, Friends, and Whatnot”. This public rep is on point for wedding RSVPs and sending thank you cards, and on the whole, this arrangement works out ok in the context of an equitable division of household responsibilities. But when it comes to expressing condolences, it’s important that all parties show up. There's no, "Hon - be sure to sign my name on that sympathy card!" Sympathy by proxy is a lame-ass cop out.
(Not cool, Ryan.)
Sympathy by proxy is when there is a death or crisis, and only one person provides support, serving as the condolence ambassador for the family. Now, there are plenty of situations where an ambassador will work for the group. Basically, all other situations work with a proxy. Engagement? Marriage? New Job? New Baby? Move to a new house? Not everyone in the family needs to reach out to offer congratulations, one voice will usually suffice. But when it comes to compassion, it’s necessary for all adult members of the family to get in touch. There can't be just one representative. Anyone who is connected to the bereaved is expected to show up in some capacity.
It's easy to let one family member reach out and for the others to take a pass. We know that people are reluctant to connect because it's hard (really hard) to know what to say. They also stay quiet because they figure that if their family representative is closer to the person in crisis, then it makes sense for them to speak for the group. Perhaps they're worried that they will be an annoyance — they don't want to overwhelm someone going through a hard time. However, if you know the person, you need to reach out on your own behalf and not let your family member/partner do the heavy lifting. Its not expected that everyone support the person in crisis in the same capacity, but every person needs to connect.
Your absence will be noticed. They will think, "Beverly sent a text but why didn't I hear anything from Anne? We are together every Labor Day," or "Ronny helped me shovel snow after the accident but when I saw his wife she just waved and got in her car." This is one of the intricacies of supporting someone in pain that you don't think about until you are the person in pain. The bereaved are keeping score. They don't want to be — it's a total waste of mental energy — but they absolutely notice your silence and they will remember it for a really long time (likely forever).
So let’s say you're at the grocery store and you run into an acquaintance 5 months after a devastating event. In seeing them you realize that you let your partner be your sympathy proxy. You will likely feel terribly awkward when you realize you haven’t spoken to this person since their life-altering moment, but your partner has sent a card, brought over food, etc. It is ok to say hello/how are you today and not say something more about your absence in the moment. It is hard when you’re caught off guard to say what you mean to say, and the person might not be ready for a grand gesture in a public space. What you can do is write a note afterwards, and apologize for not connecting sooner. You can also read their body language and see if they might be open to an apology on the spot. You could say something quick, and then if they look uncomfortable, you can elaborate in a letter or email at a later time.
I will be the first to admit that I've used sympathy by proxy many times. Within my immediate family, our family friends have suffered through the loss of children, siblings, parents or spouses and I often let my mom be my representative, not even thinking that they might like to hear from me too. My husband lost three family members in a four-month stretch in 2017, and I let him be my proxy. I think I had good reasons for doing that at the time (my sister had just died), but even still, it took me more than 6 months to check in. And I wanted to, it was on my mind, I wanted them to know that I cared. But it was so hard.
In the grief support hierarchy, silence is as about bad as you can get. Thankfully, I'm a firm believer that when it comes to compassion, later is definitely better than never. It often doesn't take much to let someone know you care — a text, a card, a voicemail. Let them know that you're thinking of them.
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A sympathy thank you note only needs to contain a simple sentence or two. The important thing is that you are acknowledging someone’s thoughtfulness. Your message can be brief as long as it is heartfelt.
Many people choose to include a short personal note using preprinted sympathy thank you cards. If you prefer, you can use a blank note card. Thank you cards can be purchased from the funeral home, gift shops, department stores, stationery stores, or from online printing services that specialize in funeral products.
It’s always good etiquette to make your message sincere and personal. Your goal is to express gratitude for the kindness shown to you and your family. Whatever sentiment you include in your message, the person receiving your note will appreciate the time you have taken to say thank you. There is no need to worry about what to write. As long as your message is appropriate for the situation, you will say the right thing.
To help you get started on crafting what you’d like to say, we have included a variety of tips and examples.
There are countless ways to phrase your expression of gratitude. Below are some typical sentiments that you can use to get started.
Sending flowers to acknowledge the loss of someone is one of the most common expressions of sympathy. You will likely have a number of thank you cards for funeral flowers to write. Below are some examples of things you might say.
It is appropriate to send a thank you note if someone has made a donation in the deceased’s name. While it is considered bad form to state the dollar amount that is given, there are other ways express gratitude for cash gifts appropriately. You may also find yourself receiving a cash donation. Acknowledging cash can be a little awkward but there are many ways to say thank you. Below are a few suggestions to help:
Thank you notes should be sent to people at their own address. It is generally not proper to include a person’s name on a card and send it to an address where they do not live unless it is addressed something like this: “Joe Smith, c/o Sue Anderson.” You should only do this if you cannot locate an address for the recipient and are sure that the person you are sending it “in care of” is willing to deliver it to the recipient.
What about the return address? If you’re a woman whose spouse has died, you are still “Mrs. John Smith,” and it is perfectly proper to use that title in your return address. “Sally Smith” is acceptable too. “The Smith Family” also is fine, if you’re writing on behalf of your family.
Should you use a preprinted return address label that includes the name of the deceased? Although good etiquette recommends a handwritten return address, using a preprinted label is a call only you can make. If you feel comfortable with it, or feel that it honors the memory of your loved one, then, by all means, use your “John and Sally Smith” address label.
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Contributor: Jenny Mertes
It's been three weeks since the passing of my beloved dog Tanner, and I have to say thank you to all the people who have reached out to me.