Choosing Sympathy Flowers
When someone leaves this life, knowing how to best recognize and respect their passing can be difficult. Due to the sensitive nature of the occasion, you may feel pressure to say or do just the right thing. When it comes to sending flowers, you may also be a bit confused. What is appropriate? Do you send different flowers for a close friend, as opposed to a business colleague? Traditions and rules of etiquette are ever changing, and although there are still many traditional sympathy flowers, it is more acceptable than ever to send floral arrangements that are more unique to the personality of the one you are honoring.
While it is generally expected that flowers are sent to the funeral home, the increased number of cremations has resulted in fewer formal services. Instead, many choose to simply gather at the home of a loved one, and in that case, flowers sent directly to the home will be appropriate. Even if there is no formal ceremony, it is customary that sympathy flowers, or some other gift, be delivered to show respects.
Floral baskets, ceramic dish gardens or living plants are always acceptable gifts, and are generally sent when the sender has a closer relationship with the surviving member of the family. These gifts will last for long periods of time, and thus be lasting reminders of you love and support. Floral wreaths, crosses, and sprays are often sent by groups.
While white flowers are the most prolific at funerals, more and more we are seeing cheerful, sunny or energetic bouquets being sent as a tribute to the unique personality of the deceased. If they brought joy in life, a floral arrangement that exudes joy is entirely appropriate. Patriotic displays are also popular for veterans or war heroes.
At such a sober time, flowers add serenity, warmth, color and life. When the time comes, Billy Heroman’s is here to help you to choose the perfect sympathy flowers to express your love and respecttest