simple answer is yes.
After the loss of a loved one, you will receive several notes of condolence. From a variety of sympathy cards to handwritten notes. They can vary from a standard card to a five page letter. How do you respond to these messages? And how soon after you receive them should you do so?
Do letters of condolence need to be acknowledged?
If it is a sympathy card with simply a name written in it, then no. A handwritten letter will however require a little bit more attention.
If you only have a handful of letters to respond to, you may chose to write these by hand. If you have received several letters, you can have printed acknowledgement cards made. These cards allow you to simply fill in the blanks and sign your name. Get someone to help you address them. You may still choose to set aside some special cards or letters to handwrite your acknowledgement.
examples of appropriate wording for letters of acknowledgement.
When you are writing your letters of acknowledgement by hand, use your heart and let the words flow. Using this method to acknowledge special letters will mimic their sentiment and feeling.
If you chose to have your acknowledgements printed out, here are some samples of texts that can be used:
If you do not feel up to the task of signing the notes, you may chose to designate someone to write interim notes for you in the meantime. These can be worded as such:
"This is to acknowledge your kind expression of sympathy (and floral arrangement) you sent on the occasion of (NAME)'s death. (Your Name) will be writing you a personal note as soon as he/she can. In the meantime he/she appreciates your concern.
when should acknowledgements be sent out.
Nobody will expect you to do this right away, so do not worry if you cannot bring yourself to write them for weeks or even months. There will be some people however that you will decide deserve a reply sooner than others.
Everyone knows how difficult a death is. The above mentioned printed notes are not personal by any means. They simply serve the purpose of letting the recipient know that you received and appreciated their card or letter. Again, if anyone stands out particularly, make a note to write to them later when you can.
Celebrate Life Funeral Services can provide customized letters or cards of acknowledgement. It is just one of the many personalized services we offer to our clients.