When should I expect a thank you response from the person I sent the sympathy gift to?

Be patient with the bereaved as they deal with the feelings of grief and struggle to adjust to life without someone they care about.  Many times someone will pick up the phone to say thank you for the sympathy gift.  However, sitting down and writing thank you notes is difficult for many grieving people.  They want to acknowledge those who provided them with support, but many times they are struggling just to get through the tasks of daily living.  If you are wondering if the person received your gift it is okay to call and offer support to the grieving person.  Through the course of your conversation you may feel comfortable asking if they received your gift.  Often times they will thank you over the phone and apologize for their tardiness in getting out thank you cards.  Just listen carefully to what the bereaved person is saying in your phone call and know that providing support to a grieving heart is much more important than receiving a timely thank you from someone who is experiencing a very difficult life transition.  A thank you card will come in most instances – just be patient.

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