It’s never easy when a loved one passes, and ordering flowers to celebrate their life doesn’t have to add to the difficulty. Whether a close family member or distant friend, if you’re looking to send directly to the funeral home or to the family’s home, ordering flowers can seem a bit overwhelming. Here is a guide to sympathy and funeral floral, as well as what types of flowers are most appropriate.
Traditionally, flowers and herbs were used to anoint the bodies of the deceased, and aromatic flowers decorated the final resting place. Flowers nowadays are sent to the family of the deceased as a tribute to celebrate the life of their loved one.
Neutral colored flowers are typical to funerals as they symbolize peace and serenity. Colorful and vibrant flowers are acceptable as well, and can add a joyous feeling to an otherwise somber environment.
Sympathy vs Funeral flowers
Sympathy floral are typically smaller to medium sized arrangements that are sent directly to the family’s home. Plants are also a great option, as they bring in a freshness as well as leave a lasting memory of your thoughtfulness.
Funeral flowers are sent directly to the funeral home and/or graveside services. Typical arrangements include casket spray, standing spray, wreaths, crosses, floor baskets, and plants.
When to send flowers?
Many families appreciate the thought of receiving flowers in this difficult time. If the family asks for a donation to be made in lieu of flowers, it is recommended to make the donation and possibly send a arrangement along to the family as a small gesture.
If sending flowers to the funeral home, ask the florist to ensure the arrangement arrives prior to the family arriving to the visiting hours.
If you’ve heard the news after the funeral has passed, sending flower to the home of the family as soon as possible is a generous effort.
Types of Funeral Arrangements
Casket Sprays are typically ordered by the deceased’s children and/or closest immediately family. These larger arrangements are placed on top of the casket, and can either be full casket (if a closed casket service) or half casket (placed at the end of the casket if casket is open).
Standing Sprays and Wreaths are typically sent by extended family, friends and work colleagues. A standing spray is displayed on an easel, and placed in a prominent area near the casket. These types of funeral arrangements are usually addressed directly to the deceased, but at note can be written to the family to send condolences.
Funeral Baskets can be sent to the services which can then be taken graveside and possibly sent home with family. This is a versatile floral piece that can be sent by anyone to the family.
Plant Gardens are another way to create a thoughtful lasting memory that the family can take home with them after the services. Anything from a plant garden designed in a basket, to a beautiful and striking orchid are to be appreciated.
Types of Flowers
Traditionally white lilies and gladioli have been the go-to sympathy and funeral flowers. Floral arrangements going to the funeral home or services are usually larger and more formal – including gladioli, snapdragons, lilies, standard chrysanthemums, carnations and roses. If there are any known favorite flowers or colors, request the florist use these as the family will appreciate a thoughtful tribute.