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Posted by Breens Florist on November 15, 2017 | Last Updated: July 21, 2021 Blog Flower Etiquette Flower Gifts Flowers Sympathy Flowers

So You Want To Send Sympathy Flowers

When someone passes away, it’s often difficult to figure out how to show your sympathy in the best possible manner. Of course, sending flowers is the best way to express that you are sorry for a loss that people have experienced. However, there are plenty of questions that come to mind when you are considering what type of flowers to send, as well as where to send them to. Your trusted friends here at Breen’s Florist in Houston, are here to answer the most common questions we receive regarding sympathy flower arrangements, custom funeral flowers, and how you should send your condolences in the right way every time.

The Difference Between Sympathy Flowers and Funeral Flowers

When you send flowers such as funeral sprays and wreaths or custom funeral flowers directly to the funeral home, these are known as funeral flowers and they are most often displayed at the funeral service. These are most commonly larger designs that are fairly formal and serve as a tribute to the deceased person. These flowers do not have to be addressed to a particular person as they are sent to show your respect.

On the other hand, sympathy flowers are sent to the home of the deceased, or to the home of their kin. These flowers are meant to show your respect as well as support those who are suffering the loss. These sympathy arrangements are often a bit smaller than those that would normally be sent to the funeral home. You can also consider sending a plant or gift basket if you believe it will speak to the recipient better than a floral arrangement.

Should You Ever Send Flowers For The Casket?

Traditionally, casket sprays and custom funeral flowers that are used to adorn the casket are reserved for the closest family members to select. This is why we would suggest that you at least contact the family first and ask if they would mind if you purchase a casket spray or special flowers for the funeral service. If you do not want to bother the family during this trying time, we would suggest choosing one of our sympathy flower arrangements, or perhaps sympathy flowers with a crystal cross if you want to do something a little more special.

When Is Too Late To Send Funeral Flowers?

If you somehow missed the funeral announcement and just found out about the person’s passing, you may wonder if it is still proper funeral etiquette to send sympathy flowers late. In our opinion, there is never a bad time to send flowers, especially when you are expressing your condolences. However, flowers are not your only option. You can always send a gift basket or a plant in the place of a floral arrangement.

Appropriate Funeral Flower Types to Send

People often ask us if there are flowers that should and should not be sent in sympathy or funeral floral arrangements. For the most part, the larger the flower, the more appropriate it is to be included in a sympathy or funeral arrangement. Flowers like gladioli, carnations, lilies, chrysanthemums, and roses are the most common when it comes to these types of designs and bouquets.

Funeral Flower and Sympathy Arrangement Prices

Here at Breen’s Florist, it is our mission to be able to offer and deliver the loveliest, highest-quality, and best price funeral flowers to loved ones, family, friends, and funeral homes. We supply affordable funeral flowers as well as affordable sympathy flowers and even offer same-day delivery services in this time of need. Funeral arrangements and sympathy flowers can easily be found and ordered from one of our three locations in Texas, including Houston, Pasadena, and Spring.

When You Don’t Know When The Service Is

If you don’t know when the service is going to take place, there is no need to worry. If you know the name of the funeral home or where it is located, your florist can likely help you coordinate to make sure the flowers arrive at the perfect time. Or, simply give the funeral home a call to find out when the service is being held, and then inform your florist of the details.

When You Don’t Know The Right Thing To Say

In the time of someone’s passing, it can be hard to find the right words to express your condolences. While flowers can play the main role in helping us support friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time, you also want to be able to write a little something meaningful on the card. “I’m sorry for your loss,” “Wishing you strength in the days ahead,” and “I am always here if you need a friend” are good places to begin. 

If you are planning on sending sympathy flowers or you need to in the future, you should contact Breen’s Florist in Houston today. We have been making beautiful floral arrangements that exude respect and grace in such a tough time. Pick out the right arrangement now or call us today so that we can help you find exactly what you are looking for.