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5 Sample Sympathy Thank You Notes

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5 Sample Sympathy Thank You Notes

When you’ve suffered a loss, the condolences, flowers, and warm thoughts sent by family and friends can be a big help in dealing with your grief. Once you’re feeling up to it, sending sympathy thank you notes is a nice way of acknowledging the support.

Unlike other thank you cards, you don’t need to worry about when you send them. It’s certainly nice to get them out within a month or two, but no one will fault you if your grieving process requires a longer resting period. 


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When crafting your sympathy thank you messages, remember to keep them short, sweet, and heartfelt. Three sentences at a maximum are all you need. Here are some examples to get you started. 


When crafting your sympathy thank you messages, 

remember to keep them short, sweet, and heartfelt.

Three sentences at a maximum are all you need. 

Thanking Someone For Attending the Funeral

This is probably the most common sort of thank you note you’ll send. Thanking them for their presence will mean a lot to them and can help you in your grieving process.

Dear Susan,

It was so very nice to see you at my Aunt Judy’s funeral. The story you shared was really lovely. Your presence meant more to me than you could possibly know. 

Love always, 



Thanking Someone For Flowers

Sending flowers is a fairly common gesture, and you’ll likely find yourself sending a number of sympathy thank you notes with this sentiment in mind.

Dear Michael,

I can’t properly express my gratitude for your lovely gift. I know if my grandmother could have seen the flowers you sent she would have been extremely touched by their beauty. I know she was grateful to have you in her life, as am I. 

With gratitude, 



Sending Thanks for a Donation

It’s also common for mourners to send a monetary donation to a charity that meant something to the deceased. Here’s an example of a message you might send in this situation.


Dear Mr. Hopkins,

We’re truly grateful that you helped us honor the memory of our Uncle James with your generous donation to the Make a Wish Foundation. James was devoted to their mission, and your gift helps his efforts live on. 

Immense thanks, 



Saying Thanks for Food and Meals

For loved ones that send meals to help get you through the early days of your grief, here is an example of an appropriate thank you message.

Dear Hank and Linda,

Thank you so much for sending our family the lasagna and salad the day after the funeral. It was delicious, and it was really nice to have one less thing to worry about. 

With love, 

Hannah, Joe, and Billy


Sending Thanks for a Sympathy Card

You’ll get a number of sympathy cards. Following up with a thank you note is a nice way to let the sender know you got the message.

Dear Margaret,

The last few weeks have been difficult, but your beautiful card helped shed a little bit of happiness. Thanks so much for your thoughts. 


Steve and Nancy


sympathy thank you quotes to use anywhere

If you're still having difficulty knowing what to write in a thank you card for a funeral or closing a sympathy card, try including an inspirational quote. Sometimes using someone else's words is more effective than your own. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • To live in hearts we leave behind.  Is not to die. — Thomas Campbell
  • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.  — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.  — Emily Dickinson
  • When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. — Unknown
  • They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. — William Penn

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