Flowers still remain one of the most beautiful ways to express our sympathy when words fail us.
Knowing what flowers are appropriate to send for funerals and in times of sympathy is important.
Funeral Wreath - A floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life. Typically a wreath is the most popular choice for funerals.
Funeral Spray - Flowers designed for viewing from one side only. Prices for sprays are more suitable than for wreaths.
Special funeral arrangements – flowers designed in the shapes of hearts and crosses
The amount to spend on a wreath or other floral arrangement really depends on the person. Most florists are willing to accommodate any budget. Often groups or friends, organisations or work colleagues will club together and get one large arrangement which can be very special and make a larger showing.
Carnations and chrysanthemums are one of the most popular choices for sympathy arrangements. Also lilies, roses and gerbera are very popular choices. However, every flower, when tastefully arranged, is appropriate for expressing condolences.
White is the colour of mourning in many cultures and religions. Red is also very appropriate colour. Blue is comforting and calming. Yellow symbolizes friendship. And purple expresses admiration. Often people request bright colours. Colour preferences vary and our florists will be happy to recommend something that is suitable.
No matter when you hear the sad news, sending flowers is always appropriate. If you still have time, you can choose to send a flower arrangement to the funeral service, or if you already missed the funeral, then you could send a plant, food basket or sympathy flowers to the home of the surviving family members.
Flowers for the funeral service go directly to the funeral home. These floral arrangements are often large and formal. They provide decoration and serve as a tribute to the deceased. Due to this, they look best in a funeral home and at graveside services.
Sympathy flowers go to the home of the deceased. They should be addressed and sent directly to a loved one of the deceased (family member, friend, acquaintance or business associate) who has suffered a recent loss. They are usually smaller or mid-sized floral arrangements that look good on end tables or used as centerpieces.
Cards are appropriate for sympathy flowers. We recommend you messages like "Deepest sympathy" or "With love and sympathy." Any support you can offer will let the family know you care. Be sure to write who it is from so that the family knows the sender.
Ribbons are approprite only for funerals. The ribbon is divided into left and right side. Avoid long texts on ribbon.
The example for 1st side: In loving memory, Forever in our hearts, With hearfelt sympathy. The example for 2nd side: Family Novak, daughter Jane with family etc.
We recommend you black or brown colours for old people, green and grey for older men, and violet, red and grey for older women, white, light yellow and grey for young people.