Bereavement Thank You Notes

Losing a loved one is heart wrenching. During this very difficult time it’s often a struggle to find just the right wording for writing bereavement thank you notes. This wonderful FREE resource is here to help you. Selecting the thank you note wording that’s the most fitting and best expresses your thoughts and emotions. Add key words and phrases so your message better reflects the exact bereavement situation and your personal style. Thank you notes don’t need to be lengthy, just simple and sincere.

Wording Examples for Sympathy Thank You Cards

Bereavement and Sympathy Thank You Card Wording Examples




Bereavement & Funeral Thank You Card Wording

Dear _______________,

Thank you for sending us such a lovely bereavement card and sympathy message. And thanks so much for attending our baby’s funeral. We are in awe of your kindness and friendship. The outpouring of love you’ve given me and my husband has given us the strength and courage to face the difficult days ahead. Losing a child is the most painful experience imaginable. Thank you for being here for us in our time of grief. We also greatly appreciate the weeks’ worth of home cooked meals you brought over and your help babysitting our two young children.

Love and hugs,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Note | Sympathy Thank You Card

Thank You Message for Love and Sympathy

Dear _______________,

After my mother’s passing your outpouring of love, phone calls and visit at my parents’ house really comforted us after the accident. And it was so thoughtful of you to send us a sympathy card and flower arrangement. We feel so grateful and humbled by all the emotional support we’ve been receiving from extended family, friends and members of the community. We’re trying to deal with our grief in a positive way. It’s been hard but we’re looking for a silver lining. A pedestrian crosswalk, better street lighting, and a stop sign are all improvements we will be lobbying for at that dangerous corner. We want to make sure this type of tragedy doesn’t happen again.

Thank you for your condolences.

(Your Name Here)


Thank You Card for Funeral Attendees

Dear _______________,

Your presence at our father’s funeral was very much appreciated. We were humbled and comforted by the love you extended to our family. Thank you for keeping us and my father in your thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed every single day, but the beautiful memories we have of him will remain alive in our hearts. Thank you again for sharing mass with us and helping us say our goodbyes to him.

Sincerely,

(Your Family’s Name Here)

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Bereavement Thank You Note Message

Dear _______________,

There are not enough words to properly express how thankful I am for the incredibly moving tribute video you created for my grandfather’s Celebration of Life event. The anecdotes you included really captured the essence of his character. I was so moved by it. I also greatly appreciated your guidance in helping me with so many details this past week. Being raised by my grandparents with no siblings I was so overcome with feelings of loss. My mind was in a fog and I was feeling alone and completely overwhelmed with all the decisions that needed to be made. You are one of my grandfather’s closest friends. I know that from Heaven he’s aware of your kindness and is looking down on all of us with love. Thank you again for everything. You are so incredible. My heart is filled with gratitude.

Many hugs,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Card & Sympathy Thank You Note Wording

Thank You for Bereavement Gift

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for stopping by the house today for a visit and to see what our family might need during this difficult time. We greatly appreciated hearing new childhood stories about our grandmother and receiving a framed photo of her that we had never seen before. Thank you so much for this remarkable bereavement gift. It’s something we will always treasure. I’m planning on taking the photo to a specialty shop to have it restored. I’ll have copies made so all family members can have one. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With love and gratitude,

(Your Name Here)


Sympathy Thank You Note Wording

Dear _______________,

The beautiful bereavement card I received from you today was extremely comforting. I could actually feel myself being surrounded and embraced by your love. Thank you also for the beautiful flower arrangement and memorial gift. That was so thoughtful. I placed the tiny angel statue on the desk in my office near my computer. It will continue to provide me with comfort and love.

Thanks so much,

(YOUR NAME HERE)



Bereavement Thank You Card Message

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for all of your love, thoughts and prayers. I appreciated your phone calls and condolences after my Dad’s passing, and the lovely bereavement card and gift. Thank you also for attending his memorial service and funeral. You were such a wonderful business partner and friend to my father. He always spoke very highly of you and valued your friendship. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness during this very difficult time.

Warm regards,

(Your Name Here)


Bereavement Gift Thanks

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for your beautiful sympathy card and uplifting message. I really appreciate your prayers for me and my family during this heartbreaking time. Grandpa was in good health and his passing was completely unexpected. But our faith reassures us that he is now enjoying life in a much better place surrounded by family and friends who have passed on before him. Thank you so much for the incredibly thoughtful bereavement gift of a small oak tree and a memorial garden plaque. Our whole family is very touched by this loving gift.

With heartfelt thanks,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement Thank You Card Wording for Priest

Dear _______________,

Thank you for overseeing my son’s funeral mass as the head priest for our church. I cannot thank you and Father _______________ enough for all the love and spiritual support you’ve provided to our family during this time of bereavement and great sorrow. Untimely passings are never easy, and we were completely unprepared for the passing of our young son. We are deeply searching our hearts for the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for keeping all of us in your prayers.

Sincerely,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Thank You for Administering Catholic Last Rights

Dear ______________,

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting my uncle at the hospital and administering the last rights. Thank you also for blessing the rosary he held in his hands, and helping us deal with the bereavement process. Your prayers and support for him, my aunt and our entire family was deeply appreciated. My uncle will be greatly missed by all who know him, but we have faith that he was welcomed into Heaven yesterday with joy and love.

With respect and gratitude,

(Your Name Here)


Funeral Thank You Note Wording


Bereavement Thank You Note to Priest

Dear _______________,

You are such a wonderfully warm and giving minister. Thank you so much for your kindness. The members of our church are so lucky to have you as our Catholic priest. Our family greatly appreciates all the preparations you made for my grandfather’s funeral service. Your sermon was beautiful and incredibly moving. Thank you for sharing sweet anecdotes about my grandfather and his remarkable life. After the funeral everyone left the church feeling spiritually guided and uplifted. Thank you for everything.

God bless you,

(YOUR NAME HERE)



Bereavement Thank You Card Wording

Dear _______________,

Thank you for attending my uncle’s funeral last week. I really appreciated the kindness and emotion support you offered me during this very difficult time. I also appreciated the meat and cheese platter you brought to the memorial gathering at my aunt’s house. That was very generous of you. This has been a very hard time for my entire family, but with the love and prayers from good friends like you our hearts will begin the healing process. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and also for the warm sentiments you expressed to my aunt and little cousins just before you left. I feel grateful to have such a wonderful pastor at my neighborhood church.

With warm regards,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Thank You for Rosary Blessed by the Pope

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for the loving spiritual support you’ve given our family, both during this stressful time and over the last 35 years. You and Aunt Martha were childhood friends, and when you became the priest at our family’s parish it was a true gift to the entire community. She loved attending mass and hearing your sermons. When Aunt Martha was diagnosed with her illness three years ago, we had all hoped and prayed that she would be able to beat the odds. But her brave fight and suffering are now over. She is joyfully in Heaven with God, the angels and all of her departed family and friends. Thank you so much for the sacred sympathy gifts you gave us this weekend. The beautiful rosary and medallions blessed by the Pope are so incredibly special. We will cherish them forever along with her memory. Thank you for being there to help us during this time of bereavement.

With deep appreciation,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement & Funeral Thanks for Musician

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for playing the guitar and singing at my grandmother’s funeral service. Your God-given talents as a musician brought beauty, love and uplifting feelings of spiritual comfort to all who gathered with us that day. My whole family appreciates your kindness and personalized wording and touches to each song. Thanks again for your musical services. We are also grateful for the lovely bereavement card you mailed to us.

Warmest regards,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Note Message


Funeral Vocalist Thank You Card Message

Dear _______________,

On behalf of our entire family, thank you so much for providing the beauty of song at my brother’s funeral mass. Your voice was so angelic, and the lyrics of each song were incredibly meaningful. The words deeply touched our souls bringing gentle comfort and healing. Thank you also for the sweet memorial gift you presented to my sister-in-law of an angel with her hands raised to the heavens. That was very thoughtful.

God bless you.

(Your Name Here)


Funeral Service Thank You Note Message

Dear _______________,

We are so grateful that you were able to fit us into your schedule for musician services on a weekend. The way you skillfully played the organ at church during my father’s funeral service was beautiful and touching. You are such a gentle soul with a kind heart. Thank you also for the thoughtful bereavement card and flowers you gave to our family. That was so lovely.

With sincere thanks,

(YOUR NAME HERE)

Memorial Service Thank You Card

Dear _______________,

Thanks so much for volunteering to play the violin at both my uncle’s memorial service and funeral service. You are a terrific and talented musician. Our family appreciates your kindness more than words can express. And the funeral flower arrangement you had delivered to the church was so thoughtful. Thank you for being there for our family when we needed it most.

With gratitude,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Thank You to the Church Choir

Dear _______________,

Our family is overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and appreciation for your kindness. We know that each of you have extremely busy schedules and personal calendars full of family commitments. That you took the time to come to church to sing at my father’s funeral on such short notice was completely amazing. You looked and sounded like a group of God’s angels. Thank you so much for lending your time and your saintly voices. Every member of the church choir is a beautiful glimmering ray of sunshine and hope. We feel blessed and honored by your graciousness. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)


Bereavement Thank You Note

Dear _______________,

We are forever grateful for your kind words and sweet gestures during our time of need. Your presence at our father’s funeral and reception gave us a great measure of comfort and peace. Thank you for your spirit of generosity.

May God bless you,

(YOUR NAME HERE)

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Bereavement Thank You for Celebration of Life Guests

Dear _______________,

Thank you for joining our family at my father’s Celebration of Life memorial service. Over the years he touched so many lives in a special way. Thank for attending and sharing heartfelt personal stories of the fun times you had together as teenagers growing up in New York. He would have enjoyed hearing those tales rehashed once again. And I bet he probably wouldn’t have been able to resist embellishing them just a little bit! In my mind’s eye I can see his handsomely rugged wide grin. And I can almost hear his wonderful, deep contagious laugh. Many thanks for the lovely bereavement card and thoughtful memorial plaque with beautiful wording. We’ll place it in our garden next to the koi pond that he loved so much.

Fondly yours,

(Your Name Here)

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Thank You to Attendees of Memorial Luncheon

Dear _______________,

Our family felt blessed that you joined us for my mother’s Celebration of Life memorial luncheon. We are so grateful for the heirloom photos you brought of my mother and her childhood friends for our remembrance board. Thank you also for providing two industrial-size carafes of coffee from your family’s restaurant. We really appreciated your kindness. Bereavement is a difficult process that we’re trying our best to work through, but our hearts are lighted by your love and friendship. Thank you again for everything.

With sincere gratitude,

(Your Name Here)


Celebration of Life Thank You Card

Dear _______________,

Thank you for reserving the clubhouse community center and making all the arrangements for food and beverage catering for our mother’s Celebration of Life reception. As you know this has been a very heartbreaking time, especially for my father. Having your help with this took a load off our shoulders. It allowed us to spend more time focusing on our dad’s needs and making the necessary arrangements at the funeral home and church. Because of you, Mom’s Celebration of Life gathering was incredibly special. Thank you also for locating appropriate bereavement music for the event and getting permission to use the clubhouse’s new sound system. It’s good friends like you that fill our hearts with gratitude and appreciation. Thanks again for everything.

Love and hugs,

(Your Name Here)


Bereavement Thank You Card

Dear _______________,

Thanks so much for joining me and my family at my cousin _______________’s Celebration of Life event, especially on such short notice. And thank you for the thoughtful bereavement card with your lovely handwritten message. And we also appreciate your arranging for a donated tree to be planted on the side of the church in his honor. He was so very lucky to have such wonderful friends like you.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)


Thank You for Donation of Memorial Bench and Plaque

Dear _______________,

We feel so grateful and honored that you provided the funding for a memorial bench with an engraved plaque for my parents at the city zoo. During their retirement years my parents loved volunteering at the zoo. Although no longer teachers in the classroom, they felt it was important to continue sharing information and knowledge about animals, the environment, and the importance of kindness. This incredible gift will help keep their memory alive. We also appreciate that you placed their memorial bench in front of the elephants, as that was one of their favorite exhibits. Thank you again for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

With gratitude and appreciation,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement Wording for Thank You Cards

Dear _______________,

Thanks so much for your words of comfort at my brother’s funeral. My parents and I were given a measure of peace knowing that this sweet, smart, handsome teen was so deeply loved by everyone who knew him. The memorial scrapbook you presented to our family is filled with so many loving memories. Thank you for putting it together. We had never actually seen many of these precious images before. We’ll treasure this memorial gift forever and hold these beautiful memories close to our hearts. Thanks again for your incredible kindness.

With love and affection,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


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Thank You for Bereavement Comfort and Support

Dear _______________,

After the passing of my brother I’ve been dealing with a whole kaleidoscope of feelings. At only 21 years old it’s hard to believe he’s actually gone. His passing was so sudden and completely unexpected. Your comforting words and presence has been a great help to me and my sister. Thank you so much for offering us your warmth, concern and affection during this time of grieving. This whole process has been so exhausting and emotionally draining. We are trying our best to muster the strength to live our lives without him and begin healing. Thank you also for the lasagna, quiche, salad and ready-made sandwiches you brought by for us. Not having to shop for food or cook this week has been such a great help. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us.

God bless you.

(Your Name Here)


Thank You Note for Memorial Service Planning

Dear _______________,

Words cannot begin to express the depth of love that I have for my husband. His sudden loss has literally turned my world inside out. I really appreciate your offer to help me to plan his memorial service and celebration of life luncheon. You and my sister have helped take a huge weight off of me with your incredible organizational skills and event planning. Right now I feel like I can barely breathe, think or function normally without him here beside me. It feels like I’m slowly walking through a thick, endless fog. Thank you again for this great kindness. My heart is filled with gratitude.

With love and appreciation,

(Your Name Here)


Thank You for Lending Us Your Spiritual Strength

Dear _______________,

Thank you for lending my family your spiritual and emotional strength as we grieve my sister’s passing. The senseless act that resulted in her death is beyond comprehension. As you can imagine my parents and I are absolutely devastated. But our faith in God will help get us through the rough road ahead. A huge thank you to your wonderful mother for spending time with us at the house to help us make all the necessary phone calls to friends and family. You are both true angels. We will always remember the generosity your whole family has shown us during this time of bereavement.

With appreciation and love,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement Thank You for Memorial Donation

Dear _______________,

Thank you for thinking of me, streaming comforting thoughts my way, and gently holding me in your daily prayers. I’ve had such a difficult emotional time since the passing of my mother. Her heart attack was such a shock to all of us. When I received the phone call from my aunt I felt like the wind had literally been knocked out of my lungs. Not just a mother and daughter, we considered each other best friends. I feel thankful for your caring phone calls, bereavement card and the thoughtful memorial donation to the American Heart Association in my mother’s name. It’s a kindness I shall never forget. Thank you so much.

With sincere gratitude,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Thank You Card for Memorial Gift for Fallen Hero

Dear _______________,

My heart overflows with gratitude for your loving memorial gift to honor my fallen hero. My husband was a man in uniform who devoted his life to serving his country with honor. This beautiful framed custom portrait of my husband is something my children and I will cherish forever. Right now it’s what keeps us going – pouring over his photos and recalling and sharing so many special memories we have of happy times spent with him. Right now I know he is looking down on our family with love, and surrounding us with comfort and protection. I will hang this incredible gift on the wall above our fireplace so I can see his handsome face every day. Thank you so much for showing so much love and respect for my soulmate and hero. He will never be forgotten.

With great appreciation,

(Your Name Here)



Memorial Donation Thank You Card Wording

Dear _______________,

Words cannot fully express the thanks we feel for your thoughtful donation of funds for the purchase of a memorial bench at the zoo for my parents. This memorial donation was incredibly generous. You know how much they loved the zoo and enjoyed being volunteer docents there on Wednesdays. Thank you also for sending us a lovely bereavement card. We will attach it to a page of their funeral guest book as an additional remembrance of your kindness. This double loss just before the holidays has been unimaginably hard on everyone. We’re just trying to keep it together. Our faith tells us that they’re still with us in spirit loving us and embracing us. Thanks for all you’ve done for our family in our time of need.

With warm hearts,

(YOUR NAMES HERE)


Thank You for Eternity Wreath on Easel

Dear _______________,

Our hearts are filled with great appreciation for the beautiful white-and-lavender eternity wreath delivered to the church on an easel for my grandfather’s funeral. This brightened the day, shining love and grace on his memorial service. Thank you also for the lovely sympathy card you sent to my grandmother. Your caring words and knowing that you are praying for her have filled her heart with comfort and peace. Although you could not make it to the funeral because of the distance, we felt your love from across the miles. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement Thank You Message for Funeral Flowers

Dear _______________,

You are always so thoughtful. Thank you for sending a beautiful sympathy card and large flower arrangement for my mother’s funeral. I greatly appreciate that you included an envelope filled with several photos of her when she was young. I had no idea that these even existed. I also appreciate that you labeled the back of each one with the names of the other people in the portrait. These are such precious gifts that will be treasured for generations to come. Thank you for everything.

With love and gratitude,

(Your Name Here)


Thank You for Attending Wake and Funeral

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for attending my aunt’s wake and funeral. It meant the world to us. I just found out from my sister that you cancelled your flight and rescheduled your anniversary trip to Europe so that you could be here with us. Your loving presence was so warm, comforting, understanding and supportive. It was also incredibly thoughtful of you to send such a beautiful floral arrangement to the church. My aunt loved colorful flowers and the sweet fragrance of spring. I greatly appreciate the love and prayers you’ve extended to me and my family during this very heartbreaking time.

With love and affection,

(Your Name Here)



Thoughtful Sympathy Thank You Card Wording

Dear _______________,

Our family felt very touched to receive a lovely sympathy card and standing spray for my mother’s funeral mass and later for her burial site. At the end of my mom’s battle with cancer she was in so much pain. It makes me cry just to think about it. But it brings us comfort to know that she is now in Heaven and free of all pain and suffering. We rejoice in the knowledge that she is now with my father, her parents, siblings and all of her friends who departed before her. My grandmother was the best hostess ever and could really throw a party! So I know she organized a grand event for my mother’s arrival. Thank you so much for your love, thoughts and prayers. This has truly helped sustain us through this heart-wrenching time.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)

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Bereavement Thank You for Spiritual Counsel

Dear _______________,

Thank you for providing me with wise spiritual counsel. It brought me a sense of comfort and peace during this very difficult period of bereavement. Your loving presence during my time of need helped me to bridge feelings of loss and bereavement to those of understanding and acceptance. I remember God’s promise of everlasting life beyond this world. You are such a compassionate priest and friend. I cannot thank you enough for your spiritual counsel and sustaining messages of hope. Please keep my family in your daily prayers.

Sincerely,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


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Thanks for Providing Ministry and Comfort

Dear _______________,

I was a complete emotional wreck last week after the passing of my best friend. And I’m still in shock. We’d known each other since childhood and it’s hard to imagine life without her. Thank you so much for spending time with me on Sunday after mass to provide me much-needed spiritual counsel. I really needed your quiet comforting words to help me work through my myriad of thoughts and feelings. And thank you for kneeling down with me to pray for her. Although she wasn’t a big believer in attending church, she was such a sweet and giving soul ready to dispense her kindness to others. I know she made it safely to Heaven.

I appreciate your ministry and your friendship.

(Your Name Here)


Thank You Note for Spiritual Counsel

Dear _______________,

My soul was filled with peace and light after you spoke with me at hospital when my father was passing. Your spiritual counsel came at just the perfect time. Your message of God’s love and his divine plan for each of us really helped to uplift my broken heart. Although I have not been to church in over a decade, I have been moved to return again and regain a sense of community and communion with God. Thanks again for providing spiritual counsel and words of wisdom.

With gratitude and appreciation,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Notes

Dear _______________,

I love you so dearly. Thank you for flying across the country to be at my side during this period of incredible loss. Just thinking about how much spiritual and emotional support you’ve so graciously given me this past week fills my heart with so much gratitude. Thank you for grocery shopping for me before you left and filling my refrigerator with delicious ready-made meals. Your many phone calls have also lifted my spirits. I appreciate your friendship so much. But I don’t want you to feel that you need to worry about me. I want you to know that I feel your love and I will be fine.

Thank you for everything.

(YOUR NAME HERE)

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Bereavement Thank You Message for Funeral Help

Dear _______________,

It hasn’t been easy to handle the reality of my father’s sudden death. The bereavement process has been so hard. Thank you so much for coming to my assistance with funeral help and planning his service and memorial banquet. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and bouts of extreme sadness. I am so grateful you were there to guide me through the whole process. I appreciate you more than words can say.

With warmest regards,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Card: Thanks for Your Help


Thank You for Assistance with Funeral Reception

Dear _______________,

My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for each of you incredible church volunteers. Your help with planning, cooking and serving a wonderful meal for my father’s funeral reception was so generous. Thank you also for recruiting student volunteers from the Catholic school next door to help with set-up and clean-up. Words cannot express how much I appreciated this beautiful outpouring of love from the church community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God continue to bless you and your families.

Sincerely,

(Your Name Here)


Bereavement Thank You Card Wording

Dear _______________,

Although my heart is broken and my soul feels tattered and torn, your words of comfort reminded me that my husband is now in a much better place where there is happiness and no more physical pain. It was hard to see him go, but each and every day I am working toward reconciling my deep sadness with peace and understanding. Thank you so much for providing emotional support during this period of bereavement when I needed it most.

With all my love,

(YOUR NAME HERE)


Bereavement Thank You Note for Funeral Assistance

Dear _______________,

You are such a gracious friend. Thank you for helping me organize my husband’s funeral service. There were so many little details that needed to be attended to, and several big decisions that needed to be made. I was feeling completely overwhelmed. I just wanted to find a large rock, curl up and hide. The dark days after my beloved’s unexpected passing I could hardly think straight. When you stepped in to guide me through the process I felt so thankful and relieved. There are not enough words to fully express my sincere gratitude. Thank you so much.

With great love and appreciation,

(YOUR NAME HERE)

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