Today marks the beginning of a new blog series here at The Rose Shop blog. We are excited to announce the “From your Flower Shop” series, providing insider tips and tricks from…you guessed it…your flower shop: us!
To kick off this new blog series, we will be giving you tips on how to select a sympathy arrangement to send to a friend or loved one after they experience the death of someone close to them.
From Your Flower Shop | How to Select a Sympathy Arrangement
What is a Sympathy Arrangement?
Sympathy flowers are typically a small or mid-sized floral arrangement (think end table or centerpiece sized) that are sent directly to the home of the deceased. They should be addressed to your friend, acquaintance, or loved one to whom you want to express your condolences for their recent loss. Sympathy flowers differ from funeral flowers in that funeral flowers are sent directly to the funeral home and are often large and formal.
Funeral flowers are also not typically addressed to a particular person, rather they are sent to honor the deceased themselves. Sympathy flowers are also not casket arrangements. Casket arrangements are typically arranged by the deceased closest family members, such as children and those planning the service. If you are unsure of the proper etiquette, your local flower shop should be able to answer any questions you have when choosing the arrangement to send.
Which Types of Flowers are Appropriate for a Sympathy Arrangement?
Any type of flower, when included in a professional, tasteful arrangement can be a beautiful and appropriate sympathy flower. Some flowers do have special meaning and are therefore popular sympathy flowers. For instance, white stargazer lilies symbolize sympathy and yellow roses symbolize strong ties.
Orchids say “I will always love you” while red tulips represent perfect love. Live plants can also be an excellent choice as they can be enjoyed long after the funeral is over and remind your friend or loved one that you care. Your local flower shop can help you choose flowers that convey the feelings you would like to be sent.
Should I Include a Card?
Since sympathy flowers are typically sent to a specific person, a card should be included. If you are unsure of what to say, simply pick a pre-designed card available from your local flower shop that is specifically for sympathy arrangements. These cards typically say “With Deepest Sympathy” or “With Love and Prayers,” or something to that effect and you simply can sign the card. It isn’t necessary to write a long, elaborate monologue unless you really want to!
We hope you have enjoyed the first of many posts “From your Flower Shop.” If you are in need of sympathy flowers for a loved one or friend who has recently lost someone close to them, The Rose Shop can help you send the perfect arrangement.