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Sympathy Flowers Guide

No one is ever prepared when a tragedy happens. Whether it’s within the family or an acquaintance, sympathy flowers have been the universal language for “I’m here for you” –when words just aren’t enough.¬†Here is a quick guide on sympathy flowers that will answer the top etiquette questions.

Floral Arrangements and Plants

Friends, coworkers and relatives can all send a simple floral basket or plant. Anything that reflects the personality of the loved one is suitable. These simple arrangements can be sent to the bereaved’s home, workplace or the funeral home.

Wreaths and Sprays

Often sent by a group, wreaths and sprays are perfect gifts for companies or associations who want to honor the deceased as a team. They are often displayed at the funeral or during the service, so consider sending to the funeral home.

Floral Tributes

Close family and friends often chip in for this type of arrangement. They are personalized designs based on the deceased’s hobbies, occupation or personality. These arrangements are works of art to display during the service.

Casket Arrangements

Family members, often siblings, children or grandchildren, of the deceased take care of this arrangement. Other blooms can be designed to put inside the casket, but family members must ask  funeral directors to place it before burial.

A simple arrangement can make a difference for a grieving friend or family member. It lets the recipient know that someone is thinking of them during this difficult time in their life. Your local florist can help create the thoughtful gift the bereaved needs. Check back with the Bloomin’ Blog for more tips.


  1. Annie Marks says:

    I love that you can make your flower arrangements reflect the personality of your loved ones! I like that you help your customers know what flowers to buy for any occasion. That is awesome that have arrangements that are common orders for different situations that guests can choose from to help making buying flowers a bit easier. Thank you for sharing this post, I’ll have to bookmark it for later!

  2. A good friend of mine recently passed away, and I want to purchase a flower arrangement for her funeral. I’ve never purchased flowers for a funeral before, though, so I’m happy that I found your post. I really liked what you mentioned about buying an arrangement that reflects my friend’s personality. She was always happy and loving, so I think that I’ll buy brightly colored flowers. Thank you for the advice! http://www.authenticfloraldesign.com/category/occasions/funeral/display

  3. Vicky,
    We’re sorry to hear about your loss. We’re glad our blog post could help you pick out the right flowers to honor your friend.

  4. Petunia Evans says:

    I’ve always wondered what flowers would be appropriate for a funeral. But I love the idea of having a bouquet that reflects the personality of the loved one. I don’t have a funeral to go to right now, but I feel better prepared for what may come!

  5. I recently had a neighbor who passed away. I really liked your point about how a simple flower arrangement can make a difference for a grieving friend or family member. This would definitely be something that I can do to contribute to the funeral. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Bryon Aiello says:

    I loved the post showing the importance of flowers for intentions of sympathy. It is a very thoughtful way of showing compassion for the close core of family and friends. On top of that this passage does a very nice job of putting meaning an life behind the flowers than can speak louder than anyone ever could in this circumstance. In a time where words can be molded flowers are every man’s best friend. Great article

  7. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    These are some great sympathy flower buying tips. Why are wreaths normally sent by companies or groups? If I sent a wreath to a grieving person, would that be weird? I just think wreaths are cool.

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