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Flowers for the Loss of a Child

Updated February 21, 2017

Losing a child is the most devastating event that can befall parents. When this kind of tragedy happens, it is often hard to find the right words to express your love and sorrow for the grieving parents. Sending flowers is one way to show them that they are in your thoughts.

Pastel-Colored Flowers

Flowers for a child's funeral arrangement should not be dreary or depressing. Soft pastels are a suitable way to express sorrow and say goodbye. Flowers like violets, short-stemmed roses, hydrangeas, daisies and other blooms in soft shades are appropriate. If the child had a favourite colour, flowers in that shade are a thoughtful choice.

Bright, Cheerful Flowers

Bright, cheerful flowers can symbolise the joy the child brought to everyone who knew her. Sunflowers, daffodils, yellow roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips are all suitable choices. Some funeral florists make arrangements in animal and teddy bear shapes, which are appropriate if other children are attending the service. Some florists add a balloon or two to the arrangement for this very purpose.

Flowering Bush or Plant

Select a flowering bush to send to the grieving family as an alternative to a floral arrangement. A bush gives the family something to plant, look after and nurture. The plant could even become a memorial to their lost child. Send a bush or plant that has bright blooms that remind them of the happiness that their child brought to their lives. Azaleas, hydrangeas, orchids, gardenias, Canterbury bells and other vivid varieties are fitting choices. Make sure these plants can remain in their pots for a while, though, because the grieving mom and dad may not have the time or inclination to do much gardening.

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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."