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Sending Acknowledgments

Nowadays, you are more likely to reach out through email than with a handwritten note, however when it comes to acknowledging someone’s helpful presence, sympathy or services provided while dealing with the death of a loved one, a personalized note is really a meaningful gesture.

Because we know you are already dealing with a lot, we have simplified the process by offering acknowledgement cards as part of our Memorial Record Packages, but in some cases you may want to offer an even more personalized note.

Whether you choose to thank someone by email or a personalized, hand written note, below are some examples of notes you may send, offering your thanks:


Dear Fr. Paul,

My husband and I would like to thank you for the consolation you offered during this difficult time. Your kind words during the funeral service for Mom were very comforting and we will remember them for years to come.


Dear Steve,

Thank you for your kindness in acting as a pallbearer for our father. We asked you because you were one of his closest friends and we truly appreciated your willingness to help.

Gifts Received

Dear Joanne,

Thank you so much for the beautiful roses you sent to the funeral home. Your thoughtfulness helped to lift our spirits during a difficult time.

Charitable Donations

Dear Mr. Stevens,

Thank you for your generous donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of our brother. We believe donations such as yours will surely assist in finding a cure someday.

Individuals Who Volunteered Other Services

Dear Aunt Sue,

Thanks so much for the use of your car for Dad’s funeral. It was much needed and greatly appreciated. Your support made a difficult time a little easier.

A Note on Timing

It is customary to send acknowledgments within two weeks following the funeral or memorial service. The notes you write do not have to be long, in fact a sentence or two will usually be sufficient. Your goal is simply to recognize how meaningful that person’s or organization’s contribution was to you and your family. We provide acknowledgments and thank you cards, should you need them.

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