I have been writing lately about how to compose a condolence message and how and why to write thank you notes. This post combines the two: how to write a thank you for a condolence message.
I’m inspired to write on this topic because of the search strings people have used to reach this blog. "Thank you letter for condolence message" is a definite topic of interest around the world. For all of you whose search has brought you here, I hope this information will be helpful to you, especially in your time of healing.
Here is a note I received from my friend and business associate Margaret Elwood after the death of her father. Margaret kindly sent me this thank you and gave me her permission to share it with you.
Dear Lynn and Michael,
Your sympathy card was timely and very, very helpful to me during difficult days last week. And though I received several notes of condolence through e-mail, I found in my distress that a tangible card I could see on my desk was really much more comforting. Thank you so much.
This week is much better, and though I know that grief takes its own time outside of my control, I am feeling grateful for the years I had with my father and for the time I have with friends like you right now.
Remember, your friends and colleagues will not expect you to write detailed messages. Just knowing that you received their card, note, letter, flowers, or other gift may be enough. Consider these five short messages:
Thank you for your kindness and sympathy during our time of loss. It gives us much comfort to know that you are thinking of us as we grieve our son’s death.
It was very nice of you to think of me in this time of sadness. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your touching letter. I really enjoyed hearing from you. The story you shared about my mother made me smile.
My mother lived a long, full life. Although her passing is a sad milestone for me, I am grateful for having her with me for so many years.
With many thanks,
Please accept my sincere thanks for the beautiful flowers you sent for my sister’s memorial service. She would have loved them.
I appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring more than I can say.
I can hardly express how grateful I am for your attendance at my brother’s funeral. It was so good of you to take the time to be with me and my family.
Your kindness and compassion mean a great deal to us.
I hope Margaret’s message and my examples will be useful models as you write your own notes of thanks.
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