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Thank You Wording for Sympathy Card

Sujata Iyer Oct 8, 2018
Sending out sympathy thank you cards to people who have been there for you and sympathized with you during your difficult time is a piece of etiquette that you must try not to overlook. Take out the time to thank them and let them know that you will do the same for them when required.
Death tends to bring out the best in people. For that brief period, people forget their differences and help each other. They get along, grieve together and see to it that all needs are met and all desires fulfilled.
If you have been through a similar unfortunate event of having someone close to you pass away recently, then you are probably aware of how many people came to your aid, how they helped you get through the ordeal of organizing the funeral, making sure everything goes on smoothly and most of all, how they offered you their shoulder to cry on.
You were overwhelmed with emotion and could not bring yourself to thank them at the time. If you feel a little better now, and want to show everyone who helped you that you appreciate what they did for you, send them thank you cards for their sympathy.
It is not a compulsion, but often times the written word can have more effect than something said face to face. A thank you note is one such thing. In this write-up, we'll show you how you can go about writing simple, yet heartfelt thank you notes after a funeral.

How to Write a Thank You Card for Sympathy

A sympathy thank you note does not have to be very fancy or extremely long.
Simple wording works best because that is the best way to show the people that you are grateful for their help when you needed it the most. First let us see some basic guidelines and pointers to keep in mind before writing the notes.
Sending a thank you note after a funeral is not a compulsion. You are not obliged to write to someone who came forward to help you. So don't worry about them feeling displeased if you don't send them one. In fact, getting offended on not receiving a thank you note is not good etiquette.
The feeling of sending a thank you card should come from within. If you don't want to send a note, don't. A halfhearted thank you is worse than no thank you. So take your time. When you think you have it in you to sit yourself down and write the note, only then do it.
When you've finally decided to write the note, try to remember the things that the people did or sent you during the difficult time. Make a specific mention of what they did in each card that you send out. Try not to write the same lines in all cards. If there is something special that someone did, make a mention of it in the note.
Keep the card short and simple. They know what you're going through so they won't expect a full-fledged letter. Just a sentence or two will suffice.
Thank them graciously and let them know that they are special and important to you. It is the least you can do in return for what they have done for you.


Dear Mary,

I sincerely thank you for helping me with Ted's funeral arrangements. I would be lost without you.

Dear Sam,

You were there for me when I needed you the most. I'm sure my mother is looking down and blessing you with all her heart. Thank you for being the best friend a person could ever have.

Love you loads,
Dear Joe,

Thank you for the flowers and the note that you sent. We appreciate the sentiment.

Craig and Joan
Dear Jane,

The food you sent across on the day of Tom's death was appreciated by all. I sincerely thank you and find great comfort in knowing that I have you to turn to.

Dear Maggie,

There are people who come to you when they need you, and there are people who come to you when you need them. Thank you for coming to me when I could not find my way to you.

Forever Yours,
Writing a sympathy thank you card can be an overwhelming experience. It might take you back to the tragic event and you may not be able to cope. Do not force yourself to do it. Make sure you are capable and strong enough to do it. Only then will you be able to do it the complete justice that it deserves.