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Thank You Notes – have they gone out of style?

Dec 22, 2021 | Activity Ideas, Caregiver Health | 0 comments

Handwritten thank you notes are ideal but nowadays emails have become acceptable. I personally like the extra effort it takes for someone to find a card (or better yet, make one!), write something, put a stamp on it and send it to me. Sending and receiving mail has become a thing of the past but like old records, I think thank you notes could make a comeback!

A few years ago, I found a box of letters my father had written to his sister. They spanned 50 years and included telegrams and cards, which included thank you notes. I cherish these letters and cards, and is a way for me to engage with my family history.

How to Write a Thank You Note

  • Express your gratitude and name the gift or action you received.
  • Write a sentence or two about how you benefited from the gift or actions.
  • Conclude by mentioning the next time you hope to speak to or visit with the other person.

Ideas on things to say

  • Happy holidays! Thanks so much for taking the time to attend our family’s Christmas party. We know it’s a hectic time of year.
  • Thank you for taking me in and feeding me after my surgery. It was such a blessing to not have to worry about cooking and cleaning during my recovery. You saved the day!
  • The cozy blanket you crocheted made my day. I’ll be thinking of you every time I’m curled up on the couch watching Netflix.
  • We are forever in your debt for helping us through this tough time. I’m humbled and grateful for your support.

Tips and Ideas

  • Make your own card! Buy a set of blank cards and envelopes and look online (or Pinterest is great too!) for a simple design that would be easy to replicate using sharpies, pens, or pencils. This is a great crafting activity!
  • Personalization: these cards tend to be kept and cherished.
  • Include something nice like a picture or a pressed flower.
  • Write from the heart; you can’t go wrong.

However you accomplish them, just taking the time and effort will mean a lot to the person who receives the note.

About the Author

About the Author

Samantha Young Cervantes has over 30 years of eldercare experience including nursing facility and adult day care administration, teaching of long-term care administration, owner and operator of private duty home care agency, and family caregiver to both of her parents.

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