What Do You Put on Sympathy Flowers?

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What Do You Put on Sympathy Flowers?
Sending flowers to a funeral is a token of love and support in a family's greatest time of need. (thai funeral image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

The tradition of sending flowers to a loved one's funeral service remains strong. It provides a way to honour a lost friend or family member, express grief and offer support to those left behind.

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Deciding to Send Flowers

Services held at churches may not allow floral displays. Check obituaries to make sure that other requests, such as memorial funds, have not been made.

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Traditionally, the closest relatives provide the funeral pall or casket spray. This is the arrangement that sits atop the coffin. Prices for casket sprays typically begin around £162.

Sending a standing spray is a thoughtful choice. These displays stand on an easel. They are generally 4 to 7-feet tall and range from £48 up.

A basket of flowers can be taken home by the family after the service. Expect to spend £48 and up.

For the sender on a budget, a plant may be the best choice. Prices start at £26 to £32. Euro-gardens are a little more expensive. This is an "arrangement of plants." Euro-gardens are a great choice that the family can enjoy.

Popular Plants and Flowers

Popular types of flowers include roses, calla lilies, casa blanca lilies, sunflowers, poms and tulips, with roses and lilies being the most traditional.

By far, the most traditional plant is the peace lily. Other plants sent include palms, golden pothos, ivy, corn plat and bromeliads. Azaleas and mums are popular blooming choices.

A pot of mums is a poplular and economical plant choice for funeral services.
A pot of mums is a poplular and economical plant choice for funeral services. (flowers image by SGackowska from Fotolia.com)

The Message

"With deepest sympathy," is the most common message appearing on floral sympathy cards. Expand your message with these phrases:

"Our thought as prayers are with you."

"You and your family are in our thoughts."

"(name) will be greatly missed."

"We are looking forward to seeing (name) again in Heaven."

Please Say Thanks

Most floral shops write the message on the back of the sympathy card. Families should collect the cards after the service and send out thank you cards. Sometimes, families will buy an ad in the local paper to say thank you.

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