Sending a lovely bouquet of flowers to a grieving family is a common practice to show those who have lost a loved one that you care. The flower order is often placed over the phone or online, and the rest is left up to the flower shop. However, there are several things you should consider to make sure your flower arrangement has the best impact on the recipient.
Choosing an arrangement
Any type and color of flowers are appropriate for use in a sympathy flower arrangement. Subdued colors are often a popular choice, to instill a sense of tranquility and peace to the grieving; however, bold and bright colors should not be ruled out. Red roses or tulips, combined with bright yellow carnations or sunflowers, can add a lively touch to the arrangement, and may also act as a symbol of celebration of the deceased person's life.
The place you are sending your sympathy floral arrangement to should determine the size. Large, standing arrangements should be reserved for use where the funeral service is being held, whether in a church or a funeral home. If you decide to send the arrangement to the recipient's home, opt for medium or smaller arrangements that can be displayed on a tabletop or stand.
Consider the timing
It is a common practice to send flowers right away, and this will be the case if you wish to send them to the place where the service is held. However, sending flowers a week or two after the service is over should not be overlooked. People often struggle the most when life returns to normal, the service is over, and the reality of the loss begins to set in.
It is often the little things that matter the most, so be mindful to make certain the name is spelled properly on the card of the recipient. Go beyond the typical sympathy greetings on a card and express your love, compassion, and care for the recipients by adding an additional note to show you care.
It is common to feel helpless when someone suffers the loss of a loved one and you just do not have the words to say to make their grieving any easier. However, a beautiful sympathy floral arrangement can speak volumes and show you care. Taking extra care to personalize the card, choose the right colors, and determine the best time to send the arrangement will help your flowers have the greatest impact.