Carefully chosen and suitably subdued, funeral flowers should be both appropriate and exquisite. Lush blooms in muted tones bring simple beauty to any ceremony, and are a tasteful tribute to a life well-lived.
Please note: Because many of our flowers are delivered in bud form, we recommend contacting the funeral home prior to delivery, or sending sympathy flowers directly to the bereaved.
AETHIOPICA CALLA LILIES the classic white Calla Lily remains a favorite, refreshingly simple and impeccably lovely.
While it’s not always easy to know what to say to someone experiencing a loss, sending funeral flowers can bring comfort and beauty to a sad occasion. If you would like to reach out to someone who is mourning, you may have a few questions about what kind of funeral flowers or sympathy flowers are appropriate.
What’s the Difference between Funeral flowers and Sympathy Flowers?
Funeral Flowers usually go directly to the funeral home where the service will take place, and will often be displayed during the funeral. They are often large and formal in appearance and usually serve as tribute to the deceased. Funeral flowers have played an important role in funeral customs throughout the world and over centuries, due to their beauty, fragrance, and ability to provide comfort during a somber time. Today, funeral flowers still remain one of the most beautiful ways to express our condolences.
Sympathy Flowers, like funeral flowers, are used to express condolences and provide comfort, but these are usually sent to the homes of the bereaved, rather than the funeral home. These can then be placed on mantlepieces, end tables, or as a centerpiece.
What kind of Funeral Flowers or Sympathy Flowers should I send?
Regardless of whether you are having funeral flowers delivered, or bringing sympathy flowers to someone’s home, when it comes to expressing your condolences, nothing is more elegant than all-white flowers. Traditionally, white flowers are widely accepted as appropriate forms of condolence, and have symbolized purity, peace, and love.
You can either arrange to have white funeral flowers delivered to the funeral home, where they can provide a soothing appearance throughout the bereavement service, or you can bring some to the service yourself. The funeral flowers you bring can be placed on the gravesite during the burial service. Common funeral flowers include white lilies, white roses, and calla lilies.
All of the above choices work as Sympathy Flowers to be send to the home of the surviving family members, and most floral arrangements are a welcome gesture. Some people like to send potted flowering plants, as these lasting gifts can live on in memory of their loved one. Potted orchids and gardenia bonsais are popular and appropriate sympathy gifts for those in mourning.
Also, keep in mind that sympathy flowers don’t necessarily have to be somber. If the family is having a “celebration of life” service, or if the person who passed was a particularly colorful and vibrant individual, fragrant and vivid sympathy flowers may be the perfect commemoration of their spirit.
Is it too late to send Sympathy Flowers?
The grieving process can take some time, so even if a few weeks have passed since the funeral, sending sympathy flowers to the bereaved can be a comforting reminder that friends are still thinking of them. In fact, sending sympathy flowers a week after the funeral is a common practice, as the initial shock has passed and the chaos has died down, but the loss is still strongly felt. Sympathy flowers remind those who are hurting that you have not forgotten about them or their loss.
In Lieu of Funeral Flowers?
Sometimes, family members will request a charitable donation to be made "in lieu of funeral flowers." When this is explicitly mentioned, it is recommended that you honor the wishes of the family make the contribution instead of sending funeral flowers to the service. Instead, you can send sympathy flowers to the family members at their home, which will honor their request, but also provide comfort in the days and weeks following the loss.