What to do when there is a death - Expressing Compassion with Sympathy Flowers


The honest yet overused sentences like “Time heals everything” and “He wouldn’t want you to be sad” or “she’s at peace now” begin to sound hollow and meaningless after a first few times.

It’s crucial to understand that the mourning person is in a state of shock and grief. There’s nothing that can be said that can make them feel better. Every grieving heart will take its time to heal. What is really needed at times like these is firm and silent support of people. Individuals who have lost their loved ones need assurance that they are not left all alone. And nothing communicates this better than sympathy flowers.

That being said, it’s often difficult to choose the kind of flowers that would be appropriate for the sad occasion. To help you out, we are sharing with you a list of flowers and arrangements that best denote the feeling of sympathy, and when arranged by professional hands, pay a graceful tribute to the deceased.


What types of Funeral Flowers are good to send

·         Hyacinth

The bulbous Hyacinth plant implies respect and well wishes. In addition, they also smell great. Sending Hyacinth flowers to a grieving person tells them that you only wish the best for them, and always remember them in your prayers. It also represents deep anguish. Even if the grieving person is unaware of the meaning of this flower, the serene colors and beautiful fragrance in itself, exudes peaceful sensations. Hyacinth is available in a number of colors, but white is best suited for funerals.


·        Roses

“Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again”


Roses symbolize so much -- love, hope and everything good. Where white roses represent spirituality, simplicity, and innocence, red roses stir up feelings of love and grief. Yellow roses express strong bonds of friendship while pink roses articulate gratitude. Depending on your relationship with the deceased or with the one bereaved, you can choose a rose and allow it to speak for you. You can also ask the florist to prepare a casket spray or a wreath using roses. 


·        Carnations

Carnations are one of the most common and known types of sympathy flowers used in funerals for wreaths and standing sprays. Different colors of carnations stand for different meanings. The white carnation signifies purity and innocence, whereas the red denotes affection. Pink carnations have the most interesting history because many believe they have been created from the tears of Virgin Mary herself. For this reason, pink carnations are considered one of the best choices for funerals.


·        White Lilies

White lilies are one of the most widespread sympathy flowers. A bouquet of white lilies is commonly sent to funerals to offer deepest condolences to the bereaved. Not only are white lilies pretty with a beautiful scent, but they also spread a sense of calm and peace. The tranquility that these flowers offer is just what one is looking for during the aftermath of a shocking loss. Combined and arranged with other flowers, white lilies create the most serene, hopeful and respectful atmosphere in the room.


·        Orchids

The aromatic and soft petals of orchids always seem to be promising something, things like I’ll never forget you, and I’ll always love you. And that’s exactly what is going on inside the head of those who are grieving. The last thing they want to do at the time is to try to forget about the person who had meant so much to them. They don’t need others to tell them that it all going to be okay after a while -- they are looking for assurances, that the love and presence of the one they have lost are still alive. And that’s what orchids say best.


·        Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums (or mums for short) are sympathy flowers through and though. Chrysanthemums have different meanings in different parts of the world, but their bottom-line remains the same. In the U.S, the flower signifies honesty and truthfulness and is closely associated with upbeat and positive attitude. In most European countries, mums denote death and are arranged abundantly at a funeral setting whereas, in China and Japan, chrysanthemums symbolize lamentation and grief. Either way, mums touch all the right spots in the heart.

Professional and capable florists often create bouquets and arrangements with a combination of sympathy flowers and hide beautiful messages of love, loss, hope and grief in them. 

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