Frequently Asked Questions About Funeral Flowers & Sympathy Gifts

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Helping someone to deal with the loss of a loved one is never easy. Here are some helpful ways to express your sympathy and lend your support during difficult times.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funeral Flowers & Sympathy Gifts

Funeral flowers are typically larger arrangements that are sent directly to the funeral home or church. They include items like standing sprays, wreaths, and casket sprays. Sympathy flowers, on the other hand, are smaller arrangements meant for the home of the bereaved, such as bouquets and plants.

Common flowers for funerals include lilies, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and gladioli. Each flower has a specific meaning, with lilies often symbolizing the restored innocence of the soul of the deceased and roses representing love and respect.

Funeral flowers should ideally be sent as soon as you hear about the death, or in time for the funeral service. If you miss the funeral, you can send sympathy flowers to the family’s home.

Yes, sending a plant is a thoughtful alternative to flowers. Plants, such as peace lilies, provide a lasting tribute and can be a source of comfort to the family over time.

Keep the message simple and heartfelt. Examples include:

  • With deepest sympathy.
  • In loving memory.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Consider your relationship with the deceased and their family. For close family members, larger arrangements like casket sprays or standing sprays are appropriate. For friends or colleagues, a smaller arrangement or plant is suitable.

Yes, you can send sympathy flowers to the family's home at any time to show your support and offer condolences.

Traditional colors include white, which signifies peace and reverence, and other muted colors like pastels. However, it’s becoming more common to choose colors that reflect the deceased’s personality or favorite colors.

Yes, flowers can be sent to a cremation service. You can also send flowers or plants to the family’s home.

Yes, some cultures and religions have specific customs regarding funeral flowers. For example, in some Jewish traditions, flowers are not typically sent to the funeral home. It’s best to check with the family or the funeral home if you are unsure.

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