Sending Funeral Flowers
Expressing sympathy with flowers
Sending funeral flowers is one of the most effective ways to express sympathy. They're a traditional symbol of mourning, and different types of flowers can convey a variety of feelings. The practice of giving funeral flowers in sympathy goes back to ancient cultures where aromatic flowers and herbal essences were used to anoint those who had passed away. Nowadays, even if you're at a distance you can still express sympathy, by sending flowers through FTD; it can also be very convenient to use the internet to order and send flowers, so that they arrive as early as possible.
Depending on the family and the type of funeral, you may send flowers to the funeral or directly to the home of the bereaved.
It's not necessary to send flowers right away, and keep in mind that the family may be receiving flowers from many others at this time. If you want to send flowers immediately, the local flower shop may know what has already been sent to the family; they may also be able to advise you on what arrangement would best complement the ones already sent.
You may decide to wait to send flowers until after all the chaos of the death and the funeral has settled down. The bereaved will probably appreciate a sentiment passed on a couple of weeks after the funeral since it'll act as a reminder to them that they have support during their difficult time. The time immediately after a death can be completely chaotic, so it may not be till after things calm down that loved ones begin to suffer their loss acutely.
If you contact a florist, you can find the exact way to appropriately express your sentiments to the grieving family. Floral designers are knowledgeable about both traditional and creative expressions, and can use their experience to help you choose the best flowers and arrangement. Contact a local florist via the internet or phone - it's an inexpensive way to find out if they have any arrangements with the family, and to plan for your presentation.
The Sympathy Card
It can be difficult to know what to say when someone has lost a loved one. You'll want to attach a note to your floral arrangement in order to personally express your sympathy. If you are sending flowers to the funeral, your card may directly address the deceased; but if you're sending flowers to the family or in memorial, you'll want to address the card to the bereaved. With flowers, it is okay to send simple sentiments such as:
- Our deepest sympathy
- Our thoughts and prayers are with you
- Loving Father (or Mother)
- Beloved wife and mother OR husband and father
- You will never be forgotten
- Always in our hearts
While it may seem a small gesture, funeral flowers really can offer comfort to the bereaved, when they need it the most.