Tips for Bereavement Thank You Notes

One of the most difficult times in a person's life is dealing with the loss of a loved one and bereavement thank you notes can let those who have helped you out during that time that you are truly grateful. However, when you are emotionally spent and not up to doing much social interaction, writing bereavement thank you notes can be difficult to do.

Purchase simple preprinted thank you cards, complete with envelopes. Some will have simple sayings inside while others will be blank, with the words "Thank you" printed on the front. While it is a nice gesture to simply sign a pre-printed card, a small handwritten note will mean so much more and give your thank you note a personal touch.

Because there are often a large number of people who make contact during a funeral, there is no need to send thank you notes to everyone. Limit the notes to any clergy, hospice staff, pallbearers, anyone who sent flowers or cards and special friends or family members that provided you with service, like meals. Do not feel obligated to send a thank you not to everyone who attended a viewing or the funeral. Of course, you can send thank you's to anyone you choose, but funeral etiquette only requires those people who have sent or done something specific to the funeral arrangements.

A bereavement thank you note need not be long at all. When wondering how to write a thank you note after a funeral, just remember that short and sincere is just fine. Address it to the person and then include a few sentences expressing your thanks. If possible, mention the specific thing they did that you appreciated, such as, "Thank you for the lovely flower arrangement you sent," or "I really appreciate the meal you brought over." Close the note by signing, "Thanks again," then your name.

Writing thank you notes right after the funeral may be too difficult, but effort should be made to have them written and sent out at least three weeks after the funeral services. 

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It's easy to learn about the etiquette of writing thank you notes to express your gratitude to someone. Whether you are thanking someone for a wedding present or for doing you a great service, a thank you note is sure to make the giver feel appreciated and shows what a gracious recipient you are.

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