Do You Know Anyone Mourning the Loss of a Loved One?
Sending funeral flowers is a respectful way to show your affection for a friend, colleague, or family member during difficult times. It’s never easy. You can comfort your friend, colleague, or relative, by reaching out and showing how much they are loved and appreciated.
But, finding the right type of condolence flowers can feel awkward if you don’t know where to begin. Don’t take on more stress, The Bouqs Co. will partner with you and help you select the right bouquet to honor the life of the deceased.
When Should I Send Bereavement Flowers?
Before you dive into our helpful advice and send sympathy flowers to a bereaved family, please make sure they accept condolence flowers. In case they do not, don’t give up on sending support. Ask if they have made any alternative requests for gifts that you can consider instead. If they do, you can console your friend, family member, or colleague with a simple yet profound gesture of flowers.
Should I Send Flowers to a Funeral Home?
Usually sending flowers to the funeral home is appropriate but it’s always important to ask before sending. Sometimes a family may prefer to have flowers sent to the gravesite or to the home of a family member.
Do You Deliver to Funeral Homes?
Yes, we deliver to funeral homes in all cities. Find out which funeral home will hold services and we can arrange delivery.
What Kind of Arrangement Is Appropriate for Mourning?
First, it’s important to recognize there are several types of funeral flowers. Flowers for the casket, funeral flower stands, flower baskets and arrangments, and sympathy bouquets. Always check with the funeral organizer for where they prefer flower arrangements to be sent for visitation and remembrance.
Flowers for the Casket
Casket arrangements are usually handled by the closest family member or whoever is organizing the funeral. The type of casket spray is determined by the type of funeral service. Closed casket services might use a full-couch floral spray while open casket services will use a half-couch lid arrangement that covers only the lower half. Other popular choices include floral rosaries.
Funeral Flower Stands and Displays
These are standing floral arrangements meant to be displayed on an easel and viewed from one side. Typically, floral stands are sent to the funeral home from close family and friends but can also be displayed at churches, the wake, or sent to a family member’s home. Popular floral displays include wreaths, crosses, and hearts.
Floral baskets are a great way to comfort and support a grieving family. They can be sent to the funeral home, gravesite, or home but make sure to ask what location is most appropriate. Flower baskets are appropriate to send for family members and close friends of the deceased.
Sympathy bouquets are usually sent by co-workers, extended family, or friends. Sending to a funeral home or the residence of a close family is generally the most appropriate location to send funeral bouquets.
What Type of Flowers Should I Send for Burials and Wakes?
White lilies and light pink roses are popular flowers to send for condolences. In many cultures, white is the color of mourning. From France to China, white chrysanthemums are a go-to choice for funerals. Lilies and chrysanthemums make particularly appropriate choices for all cultures. Irises, roses, and carnations are also suitable.
What Color Should I Pick for Funeral Flowers?
In America, white and pink are appropriate choices for funeral flowers. But consider the culture of the deceased and their family. In Asia, white and yellow are appropriate colors for condolence flowers. For Buddhist funerals, the color red should always be avoided.
How Can I Send Funeral Flowers?
Once you’ve decided which type of flowers to send, select a delivery date and input the zip code where the flowers will be delivered. Then, choose from the bouquets available. If you need further assistance, our simple yet helpful guide for funeral flowers will pave your way to the right arrangement. We have some popular flowers for funerals that can help guide your decision.
Funeral Flower FAQ
Why do we send flowers to funerals?
Flowers are a powerful way to express sympathy and let someone know you are thinking of them. They can help comfort the loved ones of the deceased. Depending upon the traditions of different societies, flowers can also carry specific significances. Flowers help celebrate the life of the deceased in a thoughtful way.
Are there cultures or religions where sending flowers is inappropriate?
It’s important to know if the family of the deceased adheres to specific cultural traditions. Different cultures have different traditions. Jewish burials are quick and funeral flowers are not considered necessary. Hindu funerals are also quick and flowers at the funeral are considered inappropriate, although flowers may be sent to the homes of loved ones.
What’s the origin of sending flowers for funerals?
Ancient Egyptians used stylized flower arrangements for burials. Throughout history and across cultures, flowers have been placed to commemorate the deceased. In the 19th century, the Victorians created a whole language for flowers that express feelings. They named it floriography. Tea roses, for example, symbolize remembrance while crimson roses indicate grief.
What should I say on a card accompanying funeral flowers?
It’s best to stick with a respectful phrase. Don’t go for humor. The goal of condolence flowers is to express empathy and care.
"Forever in our thoughts"
"My deepest sympathy"
"In loving memory"
"Missed but never forgotten"
"Words fail to express my sorrow"
What should I avoid when writing the card for funeral flowers?
While it can be tough to know what to say it’s better to err on the side of discretion. Some phrases might sound good in your head but might not come off empathetic to the loved ones of the deceased. Here are some things to avoid saying:
“Only the good die young”
“There is a reason for everything”
“I know how you feel”
“It was destiny”