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sympathy cardWhat do you say when someone has lost a loved one? What if you do not know what to say? Is it better to say nothing at all, and hope your sympathy flowers convey your thoughts and feelings? Well, It can sometimes feel like you’re talking on eggshells when you are around someone that has lost a loved one. This is because you do not want to say anything that might evoke bad feelings. If you are sending sympathy card with sympathy flowers, words don’t come easy either. When it comes to writing a message on the sympathy card, you can also feel like you are writing on eggshells.

Sympathy messages should be sincere and come straight from your heart. Genuine sympathy messages have more meaning and a lasting effect. It’s better to send sympathy messages that you have written yourself; however, if you are struggling to come up with the perfect sympathy message or if you are not so confident in your writing abilities, here are some ideas to help you along. You can add your own words and thoughts to make them more personal.

  • I can’t begin to fathom the pain you’re feeling to lose someone so dear to you, but I’m praying for some supernatural strength to help you get through.
  • I’m truly sorry for your loss. I understand how it feels to lose someone so dear to you. But I want you to know that you are always in my thoughts. You are in my prayers too.
  • I am familiar with the empty feeling that has now taken up residence in your heart. Please know that I am here if you need to talk. If you don’t want to talk, I’m still available if you just need to sit in silence.
  • I’m sorry for your loss and the pain you’re going through but God understands your pain a lot more than I do. God is standing by and he will take care of you.
  • I’m praying fervently for that you will be surrounded with peace that surpasses all understanding during your time of bereavement. May the peace and grace of God rest upon you and your family during this difficult time.
  • I’m sorry to learn of your loss. I am sorry for your grief and pain but the clouds of grief won’t last forever. The sun will shine again.
  • In your time of bereavement, I’m praying for an extra measure of strength and courage to help you get through the days and nights ahead.
  • During your grief, I want to remind you that death may have stole your loved one but it can never steal the memories that you have. Keep the memory of your loved one ablaze.
  • I want you to know that I’m only a phone call away during your time of grief, I’m here to offer listening ear and to help wipe your tears away
  • I wish I could come up with the right words to bring your loved one back. I truly wish I had the power to take your pain away. Since I am unable to do either of those two things, I’m sending you flowers to help brighten your day.

Words have the power to hurt or to heal. People tend to treasure words that help them get through a difficult time in their life. If you are sending sympathy flowers, try to send a sympathy card with heartfelt words. A thoughtful message included with your condolence floral gifts can help alleviate the pain of the loss.

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funeral flowers on standing easelsA funeral can be a harrowing time for friends, family members, colleagues, and any number of people in the lives of the deceased. It most certainly is not the appropriate time to make any kind of etiquette faux pas, no matter how large or small. The same goes for either gifts or flowers. Want to make sure you are following all the standards of etiquette when sending funeral flowers? Here’s how:

Etiquette for Funeral Flowers is based upon Your Relationship with the Deceased

Open Heart WreathEtiquette for funeral flowers can change based upon your relationship for the deceased. For example, close family members are expected to buy some particular arrangements, such as those nearest the body, or on the casket. Then, extended family members are expected to buy other, standing sprays, wreaths, or large, dramatic arrangements for the funeral, or for those who attend to take home after the service. They can be either traditional or contemporary. Close friends can sometimes consider themselves members of the extended family. Those who are business associates or only acquaintances may consider sending smaller wreaths, arrangements, or baskets.

What if You Only Know a Friend or Relative of the Deceased?

Even if you do not directly know the deceased, you can still send the same type of the flowers you would if you were only a acquaintance or business associate. Or, if you know a loved one who is dramatically affected by the death of that person, you may want to send those people flowers, directly. Consider sending sympathy flowers, a gift basket, or flowers to their home or office. This shows them you still care why not possibly offending any of the close family at the funeral.

Religious Considerations

Do not ever assume that religious considerations has nothing to do with appropriate arrangements or funeral flower etiquette. For Protestant Christians, Baha’I, Buddhist, Mormon, and Eastern or Greek Orthodox worshippers, you can send nearly any arrangement. For those who are Buddhist, or Mormon, refrain from cross arrangements. Eastern and Greek Orthodox worshippers prefer white flowers. Catholics also find nearly all flower arrangements acceptable, though you may want to give them a mass card, instead. For Hindus, think about garlands instead of flower arrangements. In the case of Jewish friends, send gift baskets directly to the homes of mourners, unless you know for sure that their Synagogue welcomes flowers. Ask the family members of any Muslim before you send flowers to their funeral. They may wish you to donate to charity, instead.

Can I Still Send Flowers If I Missed the Funeral?

If you missed the funeral, you may still send sympathy flowers to the loved ones of the deceased, after the funeral, for up to a week. If you just missed the first visitation, you may send funeral flowers for the second (if there is one) or for the graveside service. Often times, you should just send flowers directly to the home of loved ones of the deceased, though, if you miss their funerals. Ask your local florist about what types of arrangements would be most thoughtful or appropriate and visit this blog.

Invitations with “In Lieu” of Flowers

For those invitations that say, “In lieu” of flowers, you may want to refrain from sending them. Instead, donate to a charity or organization on their behalf. Or, send a gift basket to the loved-ones. If all else fails, you can send a living plant directly to those who are in mourning. Living plants are not technically flowers, and will last much longer than floral arrangements. Some find them to be a fitting remembrance for those who have passed on.

Etiquette for Those Ordering Flowers

Finally, remember your etiquette when you order flowers. Figure out what you will say on the card. Also, have, on-hand, your preferred payment method. Know the full-name of the deceased, and where the funeral is taking place. Or, alternatively, know the name of the loved one you are sending flowers to, as well as their address. This assures you that there will be no errors in placing your order, where the flowers are delivered, or in payment being processed. Be sure to place your orders early, as this gives your florist more time to make the best arrangement possible.

Here are some of the funeral directors serving Perth area.

What would funeral ceremonies be like without flowers? No flowers in a funeral service would mean an extremely lacklustre occasion. Although there are a variety of flowers, there are some kinds of flowers that are used in funerals. If you are experiencing any confusion in choosing funeral flowers, here are the different types of flowers that are suitable for this type of ceremony.

Lilies

Lilies
Lilies are flowering plants that are native to the northern hemisphere. Lilies vary in height and can grow between 1 ft to 6ft. Lilies are large and emanate a beautiful fragrance. They come in colours such as yellow, white, orange, pink, red and purple. There are different types of lilies such as Tiger Lilies, Easter lilies, Calla lilies and Lily of the Valley. Lilies are commonly used at funeral ceremonies because of their symbolism of the restoration of the innocence of the deceased person. Calla lilies and Stargazer lilies are the two most popular flowers used. Calla lilies are widely considered as a symbol for reincarnation, while Stargazer lilies symbolize sympathy.

Roses

Roses
The rose is among the most popular of the species of flowers and belongs to the Rosacea family. There are over one hundred types of roses and they are available in a variety of colours such as red, pink, yellow and white. The best rose to use in a funeral ceremony is the dark crimson rose, which is a symbol of grief and sorrow. If you include a single rose in a bouquet, it is symbolic of your everlasting love for the deceased.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums can be traced as far back as the 15th century and were first planted in China. There are over 30 species of Chrysanthemums and they are available in colours such as yellow, purple, white and red. In countries such as Italy, France, Croatia, Spain and Hungary, the flower is symbolic of death, mourning and grief.

Carnations

Carnations
These beautiful flowers emanate an intoxicating fragrance and are a popular choice for funerals. They were first used by the Greeks and Romans in garlands. The name carnation is derived from two Greek words “dios”, which means God and “anthos” which means flowers. As a result the flower is also known as the flowers of God. There are three types of carnations, large flowered carnations, which feature one large flower per stem, spray carnations which feature many smaller flowers and dwarf flowered carnations which feature many small flowers on one stem. Carnations are available in a wide variety of colours such as yellow, purple, green, white, pink, light red, dark red and striped.  Pink carnations are symbolic of remembrance and are ideal for funeral ceremonies.

Gladiolas

Gladiolas
The Gladiola is a beautiful, flamboyant flower and features over one hundred species. They have many different colours including red, white, pink, purple, yellow, orange, green and salmon. Gladiolas vary in height and can grow between 2 feet to 6 feet tall. The flower is used in funeral ceremonies in fan sprays and denotes moral integrity, honour, strength and remembrance.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth
Hyacinths are quite stunning flowers and emanate a tantalizing fragrance when it blooms in the spring time. They vary in height and can grow between 8 inches and 12 inches. Purple hyacinths signify sorrow and are commonly used in funeral services.

Daffodils

Daffodils

There are over 15 species of Daffodils.  They are very vibrant and beautiful flowers that are known to herald the beginning of spring. Daffodils vary in height and can grow between 2 inches and 20 inches. The colours of this flower vary and feature white yellow and deep orange varieties. Daffodils denote renewal and fresh starts and are ideal flowers to be given to the bereaved family.
Flowers play a very important role in funeral services. However, flowers for this occasion should be carefully selected due to the symbolism of many flowers. To ensure protocol, stick to the flowers listed above when selecting flower arrangements for this type of ceremony.