Kind Condolences: Saying thank you

by epi on October 14, 2011

Q: Do you send thank you cards to everyone who signed the book at a funeral…or wait and see what donations were made to the charity we chose?

A: You are not obliged to write to those who attended a funeral, assuming you greeted everyone when they left and you thanked them in person. You do write to those who send flowers, donate, provide a meal for your family or other act of kindness, or write a letter or longer note of condolence sharing a memory, or whatever. You also needn’t write to those who simply send a sympathy card with no note, only a signature.

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Haven February 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

My fiancee’s father is currently under hospice care and the prognosis is not good. We have received a wonderful outpouring of support from friends and family and along with it came a lot of food. I’ve written thank you notes to those that brought meals to the family however a few of the people who brought food before have brought another meal. While we are extremely grateful for the kindess, is it necessary to write a second thank you note or more if the same people continue to bring meals?
Thank you.

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