Acknowledgement & Memorial Cards

Acknowledgement Cards & Memorial Cards

It is easy to take an act of kindness for granted and particularly at a time of sadness, you realise just how much your friends, neighbours and work colleagues will give their support to help you through it.

That is why an acknowledgement card otherwise known as a thank you card is still used widely to this day. A note to acknowledge an act of kindness at a time of sorrow. Whether it was a sympathy card, a signature on a book of condolence, being at the funeral itself or a helping hand with the arrangements, what better way to say thanks with an acknowledgement card?

Everyone has their own ideas as to who should receive an acknowledgement card. They can either be sent on their own or can be sent with a memorial card or bookmark.

The following is a list of people who, based on our experience, generally would receive one.

People who sent a sympathy note or card.

Friends or work colleagues who have helped out in any way like providing food, helping with the funeral mass booklet or running day to day errands.

Friends of the deceased.

Neighbours who may have been friendly with the deceased.

Senders of flowers.

Those who sent a sympathy card or letter.

Quite often people have travelled a good distance to be present at the funeral so an acknowledgement for their efforts would be merited.

Attendees at the funeral.

Members of the clergy who have presided over the funeral.

Charitable donations are often made in lieu of a sympathy card and would need to be acknowledged.


Generally speaking, an acknowledgement card consists of three to six or seven sentences. Keeping it short and to the point is all that anyone would expect. But don’t forget the name of the deceased on the card. The receiver may not have been a close friend and may have attended several funerals in a short timeframe. The address is often added which is at the discretion of the sender.

Is there a time limit to send an acknowledgement card or memorial card?

It’s never too late to say thank you. People will not expect an acknowledgement straight away and will appreciate an acknowledgement card no matter when it is sent. More often than not, a card would be sent before the one year anniversary and are often sent along with a memorial card, memorial bookmark or wallet card. Many people prefer to send them within a few months of the funeral when the people who have expressed their sympathies are fresh in the memory. This may make a difficult task that little bit easier. Close family and very close friends and neighbours may warrant a little hand written message on the reverse side of the card to make it that little bit more personal.

There is no limit as to what images or text that should appear on an acknowledgement card. Many people like to personalise them further by including a headshot photo of the deceased along with the date of their death and that is purely at the discretion of the person or family who are sending the cards.

At Simply Memorial Cards, we have a wide range of templates to choose from but can custom design one according to your own preference. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.