How to Write a Bereavement Thank You Note Including Thank You Note Examples

Writing bereavement thank you notes to express your gratitude to everyone who has helped you to deal with a bereavement can be a very painful task, but etiquette demands that thank you notes be sent. Some of the people you will need to think about sending bereavement thank you notes to are:

  • People who have sent flowers or cards to express their sympathy for your loss
  • People who attended the funeral or memorial service
  • People who helped make the service special including the religious / secular service leader and any choir or musicians
  • People who provided professional services including your funeral home / undertaker, your florist, your doctor, your solicttor

I have written these thank you note examples to help make the task of writing thank you notes easier for you at this very difficult time. I hope that you find some thank you wording here that you feel comfortable to copy and use in your own thank you notes.

Sample Thank You Notes For After a Bereavement

Dear Marion

Thank you for attending Andrew’s funeral. It was very comforting for the family that you were able to join us and to reminisce about happier times. We were touched by your kindness and very grateful for the lovely flowers.

Andrew lived a full and happy life, refusing to give in to his final illness with typical stubbornness. We are slowly coming to terms with our loss and wanted to thank you again for your part in helping us to get through these difficult days.


x x x

Dear Edgar,

Please accept our sincerest thanks for the beautiful flowers you sent for Great Aunt Flo’s funeral service. Yellow was her favourite colour; she would have loved their cheeriness.

Thank you once again for your kind words and your thoughtfulness.


x x x

Dear Mr Jarrow

Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Dad in your kind letter of sympathy. Dad was a very special man and it is a great comfort to know that so many people miss him dearly.

Your thoughtfulness and kind words are greatly appreciated.


x x x

Dearest Jeremy,

Thank you for all your sympathy and kindness as we grieve after Maria’s death. It is has been such a comfort to know that you are thinking of us and helping us.

Maria was simply the best wife and mother and we are quite bereft without her. Your kind words will help to keep us going us in the difficult months ahead.

Knowing that so many people loved Maria will help us to come to terms with the shock of losing her so suddenly.

Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness.


You will find many more thank you note examples and tips for your own notes for all occasions, at Thank You Note So, whether you need to write a thank you note to say thank you for funeral flowers, to someone who has paid respects at a funeral or simply to someone who has provided help and support, allowing you time to grieve, you will find all the examples you need.

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