Sympathy Flowers are a thoughtful way to convey a message to the family and friends of the deceased. They are also a way to send a last message of caring about the family member, friend, neighbor or colleague.
There are many different types of floral arrangements from which to choose to express your feelings. Coffin sprays are large arrangements of flowers that are approximately 4 feet long and are elegantly draped on the coffin. They can be ordered in colors befitting a male or female as well as a general floral spray mixed with appropriate greens.
Sympathy Flowers prepared in an oasis base last longer such as floral arrangements in the shape of a heart. Floral crosses in lengths of 2, 3, 4 and 5 feet are also available and very popular. Name tributes are individual flowers forming names or words up to seven letters on a background of greenery. These are usually chosen by close family members.
Wreath rings are lovely floral tributes to consider sending. They consist of a mixture of flowers loosely set in a green wreath. Pillows or cushions with your choice of flowers can be made up to be placed in the coffin. The name of the deceased can also be added to the pillow for personalization.
Stars, small crosses, bears, bunnies or angels are traditional when the deceased is a child. The floral arrangements are done in white with trimming in greenery.
If you wish to have the family take the flowers home after the services, a floral basket is in order. The arrangement is tastefully prepared and placed in a wicker basket for this purpose. Flowers hand tied are set in water and more suited to be sent to the mourner's home. The reason is that there is no guarantee that the flowers will remain upright on the trip to the cemetery. Traditional floral sprays are yet another choice. These sprays are beautifully arranged with greenery and tied with a colorful ribbon.
Any type of flowers can be used for Sympathy flower tributes. However, there are certain flowers that are more popular and more commonly used in floral arrangements. In many countries worldwide, chrysanthemums are traditionally used in Sympathy floral arrangements. White is the most popular color. However, they are also available in a number of other lovely colors.
One of the reasons white is so popular is that it can be sprayed any color that is desired. Another reason is that white denotes truth and honesty. Double chrysanthemums are also popular since they can be used for pillows, names and massed wreaths very easily. Roses are a very popular Sympathy flower because of their striking beauty. Red roses are the most traditional flower used and white, yellow and pink are frequently used as well.
Another traditional Sympathy flower is the lily. Longiflorum lilies come in white only and the flower head has a trumpet shape. Other types of lilies are also often used in floral arrangements. Carnations are also traditional Sympathy flowers. Massed in red, they have great visual appeal. However, they are more expensive than chrysanthemums and are consequently not used as often.
Since the type of Sympathy flowers sent comes from the heart, the decision should reflect your personal feelings for the deceased and you should be satisfied that your choice sends a sincere and appropriate message.
When you order Sympathy flowers make sure the florist knows when the flower arrangements need to be delivered by. If the service is in the morning, make sure they get there, first thing. Sympathy flowers can be sent as soon as you hear about the death or can be sent on the day of the Sympathy service itself. Sending sympathy flowers to the relatives home is often done as mark of respect and to show the family concerned that you are thinking about them at a very difficult time. Sympathy flowers are generally sent on the day of the service. It is very important to make sure the Sympathy flowers are sent by at least a couple of hours ahead of the Sympathy service. Sending Sympathy flowers can also be sent after the Sympathy itself, to let the family know that just because the Sympathy service has already happened, you are still thinking of them. There are no rules to sending Sympathy and sympathy flowers, it is always the thought that counts.
Patriotic Sympathy Flowers Red, White and Blue Sympathy Flowers can be a very patriotic way to honor the life of a lost loved one, especially if your loved one served for their country, had an especially loyal love of their country, or passed away of the day of American Independence July 4th. There are many types of flowers that can strike up a beautiful red, white and blue bouquet. Carnations, do come in all three colors so can be an excellent, simple flower to make a striking red, white and blue arrangement. White lilies and blue statice flowers or roses can be used to add more variety if you choose. Indeed many flowers these days can actually be sprayed to appear as the color of your choice. Your florist should be able to advise you on what can make the most beautiful patriotic bouquet. Splendid wreaths can be constructed using all three national colors from our flag. Alternatively, you can choose to select one or two of the colors, and then use ribbon or other trimmings to represent the third color. For example, a simple arrangement of white carnations trimmed with red and blue ribbon looks extremely patriotic and very dignified. Or red roses bound with white and blue ribbon can look dramatic and extravagant, whilst conveying deep love. Whatever you, or your florist decide, red, white and blue Sympathy flower arrangements will make an excellent patriotic tribute.