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Sympathy Flowers and Plants

For many years our customers have trusted us to send funeral flowers to the family residence, the church, or funeral home in the area. Almost immediately after your online order we call the family, church or funeral home to verify and arrange for delivery even on emergent basis within an HOUR! We want you to know that all sympathy bouquets, crosses, sprays, and funeral wreaths are hand arranged beautifully with premium flowers and hand delivered the same day by a professional and courteous driver.

A Guide for Sending Funeral Flowers and Plants.

When a loved one passes comforting the family can seem impossible as it can be difficult to know exactly what is expected and what is acceptable. Generally, sending funeral flowers is the norm, although choosing the right floral arrangement can be hard. The decision to send the appropriate flowers may not be so clear.

What flowers are befitting in remembering relatives? Do I choose different flowers for those that are not immediate family? What if I have never met the deceased? Is this for a lost family of a co-worker or acquaintance for a loved that you never met? There is a rule of thumb for all these questions as explained below.

Choosing the Appropriate Flowers and Plants for Funerals.

It is acceptable and even customary to send a variety of sympathy arrangements, flowering baskets, or potted plants to the deceased’s place of work or home. Do not send wreaths, sprays, crosses and casket covers to the residence as these are arrangements considered mainstay pieces that need to be handled by the florist and delivered either to the funeral home or church direct from the flower shop. Typically, it is the immediate family or the partners of the deceased person that hold the responsibility in sending the mainstay funeral pieces.

What is not outside the boundaries of funeral customs is for corporations to send flowers or plants to the funeral. Former employees or clients may want to pay their final respects and to express their condolences but they must do so "softly". All sympathy arrangements are appropriate but when it comes to wreaths and sprays, the consent of the immediate family is a must.

So how do the closest friends honor the deceased? After all, they may not be immediate family but they have the same closeness to their beloved friend as anyone. In this situation close friends should contact the family and ask how they can participate in the process. Perhaps they can pitch in to buy a funeral spray that the family would otherwise not be able to afford or they may get the blessing of the family do as they like.

Now, after having thought of the above how do you go about choosing the appropriate sympathy arrangement? There is really no actual guide in this area of funeral flowers but what is always appropriate is the feeling coming from your heart towards the deceased. It is your emotion that should guide you in choosing what your heart desires. This means that bright blue and yellow combinations are not out of the norm and that serene white flowers are not the only choice available to you.

Funeral Flowers and Plants for Cremations.

The type of flowers chosen for cremations has evolved over the years. Historically, cremations took place outdoors and so the family would bereave with plants and trees offered as a symbol of love, grief, and understanding. In the modern era the flowers for cremations have changed. With the advent of crematories florists have been able to design and arrange for flowers that are kept indoors at the cremation center but also adaptable to the residence of the family of the deceased. For instance, centerpieces are now made with a center space allotted for all types of urns such as cinerary, open urns, and ash capsules. Wreaths can be made with the picture of the deceased placed at the center but always check with the immediate family as to what picture they prefer of the deceased. Do they prefer a late picture of the deceased within their older years or do they prefer a photo displaying the vibrant youthful years? This selection is always that of the surviving spouse first and then of everyone else.

Most bouquets are allowed within the crematory premises and your florist will know what is prohibited. If cremation is private then it is appropriate to send a sympathy gift to the home of the deceased. For this, you may choose what you think is best with one rule of exception: Do not send against the family’s wishes. If you cannot find or call the recipient then it is okay to allow your florist to call on your behalf as they do have the obituary and most likely have a contact phone number to the family.

The most appropriate plants for cremations include the dish gardens, spathyphillum, majesty plants and flowering baskets.