Last updated May 17, 2020
This article easily gives you everything you need to know about funeral thank you/acknowledgement cards – in one place.
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In Ireland – like in many other places in the world – it is customary to send/hand out thank you or acknowledgement cards after a funeral. It is a way to express your gratitude and acknowledge the importance of help and support you received after your loss.
This custom is also an important element of healing after a loss, social life and being a part of a community.
The cards are usually double sided or folding 4-page. Double sided cards contain just printed acknowledgement wording. Folding cards offer a space for personal handwritten note apart from standard acknowledgement card wording that is printed.
Example images below (showing folding cards) should give you a fairly good idea on how funeral thank you cards can look like. The images show samples of our personalisable designs. Click on an image to enlarge.
Double sided acknowledgement cards
Folding 4-page cards
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When to send the cards
While there is no formal rule, various sources state that no later than 2-4 weeks after the funeral is best. On the other hand there is never too late or too early to say thank you. Whenever you do it the people involved will appreciate it, so our advice would be to send the cards when you are ready.
At Memorial Printers we often see customers printing acknowledgement cards a year after the funeral. Some people order thank you and memorial cards at the same time – about a year after the funeral.
What to send – acknowledgement card types
Double sided cards
Standard acknowledgement cards are slightly smaller than a quarter of an A4 sheet. We use 115 wide by 90 mm tall (4.5″x3.5″). Your local printers will use a similar size.
Here you can see some of our double sided cards:
The card can include a photo of the deceased and a note from the family acknowledging the help and support they received. The cards may be single sided, double sided, sometimes even 4 page folded.
Good heavy card is advisable. 350 GSM (gram per square metre) paper weight is the heaviest most digital presses can handle. Thus, it is the most likely paper weight you will be offered.
Folding 4-page cards
If you opt for 4 page folded card you will have more space to include a photograph or even multiple photographs of the deceased. Those larger cards also leave more space to handwrite a personal note if you need to.
Below you can see some real life photos of printed acknowledgement cards (click to enlarge):
If you want to see more photos here is the full gallery.
Depending on your circumstances this may be a way for you to make up for not sending acknowledgement cards in time after the funeral. Here you can see an example design of such card.
What to write – example wording
The standard acknowledgement card wording is as follows:
Front of the acknowledgement card (one of the following)
– In Grateful Appreciation
– Thank You
– With Sincere Thanks
– In Sincere Appreciation
– With Gratitude
Back of the card (or inside right in case of 4 page folding card)
The family (or Wife, Husband etc.) of the late
Name of the Deceased
Thank you most sincerely
for your kind expression of sympathy
in their recent bereavement.
The Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass will be offered (or has been offered) for
Another popular version of wording:
The family (Wife, Husband etc.) of the late
Name of the Deceased
wish to express their sincere thanks
for your friendship, kindness
and prayers during this time
of great sorrow.
You can include a photo on this page should you wish, but this is optional.
On rare occasions we are asked to add a verse/poem on inside left page of 4-page cards.
Whom to send the cards to
It would be ideal to send thank you card to everybody who attended the funeral. Whatever their relationship with the deceased, they made an effort to attend the funeral and this effort should be recognised.
Of course it may not be possible to do, and in fact is not expected. Below is a list of people whom you should send the cards to. The list is entirely up to you though – trust your common sense.
One thing we believe is worth keeping in mind: nobody will be offended by the fact of receiving your card.
Consult family members or friends when compiling the list. This will help you to ensure you will not omit anybody who should receive a card.
Send the cards to:
- People who brought flowers
- Those who made a charity donation (the charity who received the donation may be able to provide you with a list of donors – personal thank you message would be appropriate)
- People who sent personal letters of condolence
- Those who provided help of any kind
- The clergy member presiding at the funeral
- Honorary Pallbearers
- Anybody who helped in a meaningful way
- People who attended the funeral (if possible)
Double sided or 4-page – what to choose?
The only difference is that 4-page cards have two extra empty pages, page 2 and 4. You can use the space to handwrite a personal message. Or you can ask us to add a photo or other elements there.
The only other thing to mention is that folding cards feel more substantial or “official”.
What do other people order?
The rough breakdown would be 80% clients ordering double sided cards, remaining 20% going for folding 4-page ones.
Free downloadable thank you cards (create online)
On our site you can personalise and download acknowledgement/thank you cards completely free. You can then attempt a bit of DIY and print them by yourself or take the file to your local printing company – we are perfectly ok with this.
You may want to keep things locally or simply live outside of Ireland (just letting you know that we deliver to UK & mainland Europe within 5 working days).
You need to add the selected free design to cart (no need to buy, just add to cart). You will be taken to personalisation page where you add your details/photo etc. Once finished, you will be able to download your card in full resolution, print-ready pdf.
See our free downloadable designs below:
Of course you can also order the cards from us. We offer fully custom design service as well as designs that can be personalised online.
Acknowledgement card template download – InDesign Fromat
If you are a graphic designer and are looking to quickly design a thank you card, then we have a little time saver for you. Download our free template in Adobe InDesign format.
The template is compatible with InDesign 4 and upwards, so if you have the Creative Cloud version you are covered.
It contains all you need to start – a sample design, sample wording and even a selection of popular verses.
Full details about the template can be found here.
If you feel that you could add or correct something in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be very grateful if you do and you can help others this way as well.