When it comes time to write a thank-you note to friends, loved ones, or coworkers, show up with your emotions and a lot of sincerity. Authentic expression and words of appreciation will add so much to your letter or card, and to your relationships.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After a Sickness
- How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After a Loss or Tragedy
- How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After Another Difficult Time
- How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ in a Work Setting
When you fully express yourself, not only are you telling others you appreciate them, but you are telling others that you trust them with your words. Take a look below and see how to tell others you appreciate them in your life.
How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After a Sickness
Not sure what to say when someone is sick? Recovery is so much easier when you have the right support structure. Here are a few ways to say thank you to friends, neighbors, children, and parents who lend a hand when you need it most.
1. Dear Friend, I just wanted to thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my partner’s illness. The support you offered gave me strength when I needed it most.
If you received encouragement while you were supporting a very sick spouse, a statement of gratitude and how much it meant to you will let your friend know you appreciate their thoughts and prayers.
2. Dear Parents, I know this has been difficult, so I just want to say thank you for your help. I really appreciate the love and support you’ve shown me throughout all my illness and recovery.
Parents have a difficult time watching their children suffer. So, use this as a starter to let your parents know that you appreciate the strength they showed when you needed it most.
3. Dear Neighbor, Thanks for looking after the house while I was sick. Knowing that everything was secure and handled helped me concentrate on healing. Thank you for being a friend.
Emergencies don’t give you advanced warning, so it’s especially comforting when you know that you have good neighbors who can help you in times of great need.
4. Partner, I really appreciate all of your love and support. I know that you sacrificed a lot so that I could concentrate on getting better and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
If your partner took over all of the responsibilities of the house or home so that you could focus on recovery from an illness, it would mean a lot to let them know you saw all of their hard work.
5. Dear Child, Your Mom and I are grateful for all of the cards you’ve been sending. We are both feeling better, but we’ve got a ways to go until we’re feeling 100%. Thank you for all you have done.
Here's a starter for a quick note. It works if your son has been especially thoughtful and caring while you and your spouse are recovering from an illness.
How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After a Loss or Tragedy
When responding to condolences be as honest with your feelings as you feel necessary. Your grief is personal, so it's essential to feel free enough to speak your truth.
6. My family and I want to send out heartfelt thanks for your support during our time of grief. Losing our family members has been hard on all of us but knowing that you were there for us has helped us through this challenging time.
If you’re sending thank you cards after a funeral to those who supported your family, or offered their sympathies in any capacity, then this will work as a beginning template.
7. Dear Neighbor, we want to tell you just how grateful we are for you helping us to take care of the garbage cans. Please let us know how we can return the favors.
When you share a fence with someone, they get to know your habits. This will work for that neighbor who is observant without being nosy—and is just trying to help out.
8. Darling, thank you for understanding how lost I get in my thoughts these days. Just know that I really love you and care about every part of you, and I am sorry about how I have been drifting off lately. You’ve been so supportive.
There are times when you can’t help how your brain deals with grief or loss. One second you are present, and the next you are lost in memories.
9. Darling, after my parents died, there was no way I could’ve driven those long hours on the road, so thank you for letting me sit and be silent while you managed all of it.
A message like this will work if tragedy struck and you were in a hurry to get back home but had to drive.
10. Friend, losing my pup has felt like my world crumbled and nothing will ever be the same. I’m so grateful for the friendship you’ve shown me during this time.
Losing your pup (or another pet) can make you feel like your whole world has been shattered.
How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ After Another Difficult Time
You’re lucky to have loved ones in your life who will stick by you when you move to another state, are quarantined due to COVID-19, or make some life-altering changes
11. Friend, there’s one thing I know for sure… I can always count on you to get me through whatever life throws at me. Thank you so much.
For those of you who have a friend who never lets you down, let them know how much you appreciate all they do.
12. Darling, I never want to move again! I don’t know how we did this at our age, but I am so grateful for your strength.
Moving is one of the most stressful events you’ll ever go through, so you should acknowledge accomplishing it together.
13. Darling, you are my world, the love of my life, the sun in my morning, the moon of my night. I could never have done this without you, but I never want to be quarantined with you again.
COVID-19 has created realities for many of us that we’ve never seen before. Surviving it with a partner in close quarters day in and day out is a feat.
14. Child, I’ve learned a lot more about you in these last few months than ever before. You've grown to be an incredible human being, and I’m so grateful you handled all of this with grace.
If your child spent the last quarter of their senior year of high school locked down in quarantine with you, chances are you’ve had more conversation now than throughout all of their teenage years.
15. Mom and Dad, I am so glad that I have parents like you in my life who have accepted me throughout all of my stages and transitions in life.
This message will work for anything that your parents have supported you through, including relationships, beliefs, and expressions of authentic living.
How to Say ‘Thank You for Your Support’ in a Work Setting
Not all support comes from friends and family. Sometimes our coworkers deserve to be recognized as well.
16. Dear Coworker, Thanks for all the help lately. Now that I am feeling better, I can start repaying all of your kindness.
Going to work when you don't feel well or are having a tough time at home is hard, but having an understanding coworker can help you get through it.
17. Dear Coworkers, Thank you for understanding that I needed to leave to be with my family. I know you were short-handed and had to do my work while I was gone.
When you work with a team and tragedy strikes, your coworkers almost always have to pick up the slack.
18. Old Coworker, I never realized how much a pain I was at work until I left my job. Thank you for tolerating my madness all these years.
If you were working a job you despised for years and finally decided to leave, you may look back and realize how miserable you were making those around you, too.
19. Coworker, you were a rock during our last product push. Thanks for helping us all get through this.
When one coworker steps up to help the whole team navigate work stress, it can make all the difference in the world.
20. Coworker, all of the stress lately has been getting to me. Thanks for letting me blow off some steam.
This is a great way to thank the one person you know you can trust at work not to judge you for being human.
Saying Thank You With Grace
As easy as it is to feel gratitude, sometimes it feels like the biggest hurdle letting others know how you feel. Hopefully, one of the expressions above has helped you figure out the best way to say “thanks.”