How to Write Thank You Notes After Funeral
When dealing with the loss of a loved one there is so much more than just grief. There are funeral arrangements, financial arrangements, perhaps a move if the loved one was a spouse, and other unexpected things that need to be taken care of. A lot of times, knowing what to do with all of the belongings left behind by the lost loved one can be a very difficult decision.
That is when family and friends really stand beside you and give a helping hand. Many times, when a loved one is lost the grief can leave you motionless, without motivation to eat, sleep, clean up or leave the house. People who care end up coming to wake you up out of that haze of disbelief and confusion. They may make you a meal, clean up your house, or just spend time with you so that you are not alone. They may help with funeral arrangements, housing arrangements, and even financially. After the funeral is over and you have come to terms with everything, at least as close to normal as possible, you will feel a great debt to these loving, helpful people.
A great way to express your gratitude would be through a written note. Thank you notes can be kept forever and you can think the words through better than saying them face to face. Perhaps you might want to say it poetically. If you aren’t the writing type you can get some great ideas from Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, a book of over 250 of the worlds best funeral poems, quotations, and readings. This book can help you come up with words that can express your appreciation for these wonderful people in your life who helped you get through this stressful time. With this book you can write a thank you note to your helpful loved ones that will reach their heart and know that their caring actions were very important to you. Sometimes a thank you can go a long way and when put beautifully can enforce a person’s determination to keep doing good to others.
Make sure to make the note personal as well as beautiful. Including a memory of that person’s generosity will let that person know that you remember their individual thoughtfulness, not just that they were there. Think about how you would feel, how you would want to be appreciated and what words would make you smile. Reproduce that with sincerity and with a touch of personality and you will successfully have written a thank you note for someone who helped in your time of grief.
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