Funerals can be emotionally exhausting, so don't stress if you're feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of having to write individual thank you notes for the funeral flowers. You've got a lot on your plate right now, but this is something you can break down and make manageable.
The basic process of writing a thank you note is easy, and a little practical advice can help you come up with heartfelt words to express your gratitude. Examples always help if you need inspiration too.
Real World Tips for Writing Thank You Notes for Flowers
When you're dealing with a loss, there are a lot of of little tasks that can feel overwhelming. Thank you notes for funeral flowers don't have to be one of those things. You can break this down into simple steps to get them done. Writing these notes can even be part of how you process the event. Keep these tips in mind:
- Follow the basic thank you note formula: say thank you, mention the flowers, and say what they meant to you.
- Be specific about the flowers if you can. You can say what type they were, where they were used in the funeral, or the type of arrangement (like a wreath or bouquet).
- Make a list of the flowers and the people who gave them and take some time to work on a couple of notes each day. You don't have to do these all at once.
- Ask for help. While you should sign the note yourself, you can have friends and family members do the addresses and even help with wording.
- One way to make the process more meaningful is to think of writing these notes as a way to honor your loved one and the relationships they formed with the people who sent the flowers.
Examples of Thank You Notes for Funeral Flowers
Your relationship with the people who gave the flowers will determine the overall tone of your message. No matter who you're thanking, try to make the note personal to them so they know you truly noticed their thoughtfulness.
Personal Funeral Flower Thank You for Family
You can be much more personal when you're thanking family members for their flowers. You can use informal language and share your feelings.
Dear Aunt Eileen,
I'm so glad you could make it to Vern's funeral, and your flowers were
one of my favorite arrangements of all. It meant the world to me to
have you there, and I know Vern would have felt the same way.
Thank You Note for Flowers From a Close Friend
When you're writing thank you notes for funeral flowers from friends, it's nice to highlight the relationship they shared with the person who is gone. The following note is a suitable example for a close friend.
Thank you so much for coming to Bill's funeral.
The flowers you sent were beautiful and meant a lot
to me. I have them on my mantel, and I think of our friendship
whenever I look at them.
I miss Bill immensely, and I'm glad I can count on you to help
me through this difficult time. Thanks for being such a good friend.
Thank You Note for Funeral Flowers From Neighbors
Thanking your neighbors is similar to thanking a friend, although you might not know them quite as well.
Dear Tom and Jeanne,
Bailey would have loved the sunflowers you sent to the funeral.
After all these years of being neighbors, I know you must have known
they were her favorites, since she filled the yard with them year
after year. Thank you so much for being such wonderful neighbors,
and I'm so glad to have your support.
Formal Thank You Card for Funeral Flowers
For a more formal relationship, such as a business acquaintance, the following note would be perfect.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson,
Thank you for your kindness in sending flowers
to the funeral home for my mother's funeral.
The arrangement was beautiful and held so
many of the flowers mother enjoyed.
Thank You Note for Sympathy Flowers From Co-workers
The following style note would work well when thanking the deceased's co-workers for an arrangement.
Dear Tom, Jake, and Julie,
Thank you so much for the lovely arrangement you sent to Mark's
funeral. He always talked about how much he enjoyed working with
the three of you, and I know he would have been very touched
by your thoughtfulness.
Thank You Note for Funeral Flowers From a Group
If your loved one was part of a volunteer group, a book club, or any other kind of situations where a group is sending flowers, you can make your note personal by mentioning thier group and its importance in the person's life.
Dear Members of the Alley Oop Bowling Team,
Thank you for the wonderful floral arrangement you sent for Lily's funeral. She truly loved bowling with you and looked forward to Thursday nights. I know she would have loved the flowers, and it meant a lot to me that you thought of us during this time.
Thank You Messages for Flowers From People You Don't Know Well
Sometimes, the person who died may have known people you didn't really know very well. Former co-workers, acquaintances, and others might send flowers, and it can be hard to know exactly what to say. After all, you don't have a personal connection with these people. The key here is to talk about the connection your loved one had with them.
Dear Mr. Sanchez,
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the beautiful flowers you send for Terry's funeral. It meant a lot to him to keep up the friendship you had as co-workers so many years ago, and I know the flowers are a symbol of that. We really appreciate it.
Tips for Addressing the Thank You Note
Once you have written the thank you note, you're ready to send it. Place the card in a matching envelope and address it. These tips can help you:
- If the card was from a family, address it accordingly. For an example, if Mr. and Mrs. Smith signed the flower card and included the names of their three children, be sure to address all names that were listed on the card. For a family, you can write Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Family on the envelope.
- For people who aren't family, it's a little different. If five people's names are on the card that came with the flowers, thank each of them, mentioning them by name. These might be colleagues who have joined together to purchase an arrangement of flowers.
- When you write the cards and address them, make sure you include all of the names on both the inside of the card and when addressing the envelope.
Writing Thank You Notes for Flowers After the Funeral
Don't try to write all of your thank you notes at once. If you have a number of cards to write, just plan to send two or three a day. You have just lost a special person in your life, your emotions will be raw. Surround yourself with friends and family who will support you as you take care of the many tasks in front of you.