Sending flowers is the traditional way to show your condolences during a time of grief. However, when dealing with sympathy flowers, many questions tend to arise. Here are some etiquette rules to help you determine where to send sympathy flowers.
Sympathy flowers are sent to the family or loved ones of the deceased. During this difficult time the flowers bring hope, peace, and comfort.
Sympathy flower arrangements can be be sent to the residence of the deceased, or to their family's home. It is also appropriate to send flowers to the church holding the funeral service, the crematorium, or funeral home. Some people send flowers directly to the grave site, but this is more common at anniversaries of the person's passing.
are to be sent to the funeral home as soon as possible, but sending
sympathy flowers is appropriate at anytime. Even sending a sympathy
arrangement a few weeks after the funeral is appropriate and shows
continuous support. Sending flowers on the anniversary of passing also
shows your unity in grief.
The option you choose will often depend on how close you were to the deceased and how much information you have about the funeral service.
Any flowers are appropriate for a sympathy gift. Consider choosing a flower that reflects the personality and character of the deceased, or simply choose a colour that you think will bring comfort. Some common sympathy flowers are white lilies, orchids and roses. Living plants are also a popular choice.
Hopefully we have cleared up any concerns you have about sending sympathy flowers. If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment below and we will get back with you as soon as possible.
Your local florist can also assist you with choosing a sympathy arrangement.
This post originally appeared on the Flower Shop Network blog in the United States. You can view it here.