With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Canadians country-wide will soon be gathering together to celebrate their blessings from the past year.
For those of us who have recently lost a loved one, Thanksgiving may be a great opportunity to reflect on the expressions of sympathy that were demonstrated toward us.
Grief thank you cards are a wonderful way to thank anyone who went above and beyond during your time of grief. Here’s what to consider when putting pen to paper.
Why You Should Send Grief Thank You Cards
Many times following the death of a loved one, there are people who send memorial charity contributions or flowers or food to the surviving family members. These acts of kindness and compassion are worthy of a written grief thank you card.
People who attended the funeral or cremation service only typically do not need grief thank you cards. Although their presence and support are appreciated, you already had the opportunity to thank them in person at the service.
When to Send Grief Thank You Cards
During and following a wake and funeral, a family faces emotional strain and exhaustion. Although it’s never too late to acknowledge acts of kindness and support, following up within three weeks of a funeral is suggested.
If you personally aren’t up to the task, then consider asking a family member or friend to compose the notes on your behalf.
How to Remember Whom to Acknowledge
During this emotional time, it’s a good idea to track the names of people who offer you support. Not only will it assist you when you sit down to compose your cards, but seeing the offers of support can provide comfort in future days.
Remember to include people who were empathetic and helpful in the days leading up to your loved one’s death, too. Consider sending notes to special nurses and home care support workers.
What to Write in a Grief Thank You Card
It can be difficult to know where to begin when composing grief thank you cards – but try not to overthink your message. Write a simple sentence or two and add it to either a preprinted sympathy card or a blank notecard.
For further advice on what to include, check out our recent blog article devoted to condolence card writing tips.
The upcoming holiday presents a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for anyone who has demonstrated kindness and compassion toward you. Why not use the holidays to compose your grief thank you cards?
For additional information about grief management, contact Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre, a funeral home in Hamilton, Ontario.