My brother passed and I am receiving cards and baskets at my home addressed to me from my friends and organizations. Please give me some advice as what to write in a thank you note. Should I mention the his family is thanking them?
When there are a lot of acknowledgments to be sent, make it easier on yourself by using a pre-printed acknowledgment card, which can be found at a good stationery store or online, where you fill out the deceased’s name. Many families have a simple card printed up to share amongst family members. Wording such as this is centered on the card:
The family and friends of
George Brown Wilson
gratefully acknowledge and
deeply appreciate your kind
expression of sympathy
Then inside the card or on the back, you can write a short sentence saying, “Thank you for the wonderful basket of food.” before signing your name. Of course, you can also send a short message on a boxed thank-you note card saying basically the same thing. There is, also, an old expression, “On behalf of the rest of the family,” that seems stilted. You could, also, include a favorite photograph separately or have it printed on the acknowledgment.
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Accepting A Compliment