I always feel very blessed to be part of our customers' special occasions; whether it be a baby's baptism or a 60th birthday party.  All of my employees know that while they have many orders to fill, it is yours that is most important to you.  Getting the wording and layout just right is very important to us, and we strive to surpass our customers' expectations as often as possible.

The orders I probably stress over the most are those related to the loss of a loved one.  During such a difficult time for our customer, I really want to make purchasing sympathy cards or funeral thank you cards as simple and stress free as possible.  I was reminded today of how difficult these orders can be, and I thought I would pass along what I have learned.

It is very common to send out small notes of thanks following the funeral for a loved one (don't worry too much about the timing, even if weeks or months have passed).  Thank you notes can be sent to those individuals who were involved with the services, attended the services, or just sent their condolences.  Many customers have mentioned that sending out Thank you notes was even therapeutic and helped them during the grieving process.  These notes can offer you an opportunity to let friends and family know how appreciative you were of their thoughts and prayers during what was a difficult time in your life. 

Finding the correct wording for these notes can be daunting, so I thought I would provide a few of the versus that I have seen in the past:

"Thank you for your expression of sympathy; your caring, concern, and support were deeply appreciated"

"Thank you for your prayers and support during our time of grieving."

"Your kind words and warm sentiments helped me during my hour of darkness, thank you for your friendship and support."

"I cannot express my gratitude enough for your prayers and thoughts following the recent loss of [deceased name].  Your friendship and support mean everything to me"

While you are free to borrow the wording from above, I think the goal of this type of Thank you letter is to express your sincere appreciation to friends and family for their support during the funeral services, but more importantly their love and concern throughout your relationship.  It is during the most trying times of our lives that we need to reach out to our loved ones and let them know how important they are to us.