5 condolences: thank yous

After sharing condolences in an obituary Guest Book, people sometimes wonder whether the family reads their condolence letters and what they think of them.  From reading countless messages of thanks, I can assure you that families greatly appreciate the thoughts and memories that people share in their loved ones’ Guest Books.  Here is a brief sample of the many thank you notes we’ve received and posted:

1. To everyone who took the time to write their feelings about Stan, I want you to know that I have printed every page and will add it ,to the guest book that also was written in at the Lakewood Inn. My heart is full of your kindness. Whenever I get down in the dumps I am going to bring out all of these pages and read them over and over again. [Published in Morning Sentinel]

2. Sincere gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to sign the guest book. It is comforting to read all the nice comments and memories about Allen, and I feel certain his parents will appreciate it more than you can ever know. Thank you. (Allen’s sister) [Published in Knoxville News Sentinel]

3. Hello Mommy, It’s wierd how writing to you “HERE”, ,keeps me feeling close to you & I DO feel you are aware! Maybe that is part of what the “GUEST book” messages do for some of us..provides the ability to continue on… [Published in The Concord Monitor]

4. I want to thank each of you that has left a message on the guest book in remembrance of Tom. I don’t have the majority of your addresses or emails so the best I can do is hope you check this site at least one more time and know that I thank you from the bottom of my heart and so do all the members of our family. It meant the world to us to hear your memories and praises of a man that we love with all our heart and will miss dearly until we are together again. Thank you all again so very very much. [Published in Houston Chronicle]

5. Thanks for signing the guestbook. It helps me to hear your memories of Stephen. [Published in The Courier-Journal]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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