Writing Thank You Cards After a Funeral Home Visit
The end of your loved one’s service at a funeral home in Muskegon, MI isn’t the end of your funeral to-do list. You still have to send out thank you cards. Sending out thank you cards might seem a bit outdated or unnecessary, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s absolutely vital to thank the people that brought flowers, food, or otherwise supported you in your time of loss. giving gifts. Plus, thank you cards allow you to stay connected with people even after the funeral is over. How do you actually go about sending thank you cards? It may seem like a lot of work, but it actually isn’t that bad – especially if you follow these tips:
- Start Tracking Early – It will be so hard to try and remember or determine who gave what or who brought what after the funeral. The sooner you start keeping track of flowers, food, or donations the better off you will be. If people send gifts early you can also be sneaky and write some thank you cards before the funeral itself. Just don’t send them till afterward.
- Go Slow – You don’t have to write all the cards in one sitting. In fact, it’s better to write a few every day so you don’t get overwhelmed, make mistakes, or lose personalization.
- Keep it Personal – Try to make every card as personalized as you can. Write a tidbit about where their donation is going or how their thoughtful food was delicious. These personalized touches will make your guests feel appreciated.
- Stay Organized – Make a list and stick to it! Keep track of who gave what and when so you can just follow your list when it’s time to say, “thank you.”
- Who should you send thank you cards to? – Besides the guests and anyone who sent a gift or donated, you should also thank vendors, officiants or speakers, attendants, your parents, or whoever helped you organize the funeral. Some people also send thank you cards to the funeral director or cremation provider staff.
- Get Some Help – Similarly, you don’t have to write the thank you cards all on your own. Get some help, whether it’s from a colleague, friend, or family member.
- Stationary – If you have it in your budget to buy personalized or custom stationery for the thank you cards, go for it. However, if you don’t have the extra cash, clean, pretty, and simple cards or paper will do the trick.
- Don’t Wait Too Long – Try to send out thank you cards as soon as you can after the funeral, but don’t stress yourself out too much. The proper window of time for thank you cards is one to two months after the service.
Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, a Muskegon, MI funeral home, is here to help with any other questions you may have about thank you notes, funeral services, or any other aspect of at-needs or pre-needs planning. We’re honored to do what we can to help in your time of loss.