Sympathy Flowers


We believe that celebrating a person’s life through a personalized floral design is a wonderful way to say goodbye and to support the family and friends that remain. You can celebrate a life well-lived in a variety of ways.

We can take the ‘clues’ you have and create a design that will be meaningful for everyone. Here’s a list of 7 tips that may be helpful in your decision process. 

1. What type of flowers do I send?

symathy-wreathFlowers can say a lot about a person and can also have a special meaning to the family of the diseased if you choose something that reminds them of their loved one. Was there a special flower(s) that the person especially liked?

Sending something reminiscent of the person may brighten the atmosphere for those attending the service or visiting the home.

2. Can I send flowers after the funeral?

Flowers are usually sent for the day of the service, but flowers can also be sent well after the service to offer a remembrance to the person who may still be grieving. Sending flowers on the person’s birthday or holiday is also appropriate and thoughtful.

3. Can I send cheerful arrangements?

cheerful-wreathAlthough it is a sad time, the flowers do not necessarily need to reflect something somber.

Flowers can indeed help the family to celebrate the life that lived as well as can add fragrance, color and beauty helping to take ones mind off of the sad time.

4. How do I honor the person?symathy-photo

Often times those who are closer to the deceased would like to honor the person with a personalized design based on their favorite memories of their loved one or celebrating things about them that maybe aren’t as well known. They may also (as well as) choose flowers that represent the person’s personality.


5. What type of flowers do immediate family send?

Casket arrangements are usually reserved for the immediate family to select. Standing sprays or other more significant floral designs are also very common for the family to provide.

Larger displays are arranged for the outside of the coffin, while smaller flowers are placed inside.

Siblings, children, or grandchildren of the deceased are also often considered or involved with being recognized – sometimes with a banner on each floral arrangement representing each generation or family grouping.


  • When sending flowers to the service at a church or funeral home or other venue, think about the impact you want the flowers to have. If you would like a prominent showing, expect to invest $125-$300 or more for a standing spray or a larger arrangement that will stand on a pedestal at the front.
  • When you have a simpler budget, either ask your florist for a tall, creatively styled arrangement in the $75-$110 range that will still make a statement up front
  • or ask for a simpler arrangement that can sit at the guest book table or photo table and be a more intimate experience of celebrating their life.
  • Creative design, celebrating a special hobby or interest (sports team, activity, community involvement, charity involvement), or their profession or military background is always a great idea and always welcome.
  • Asking for a floral design that is distinctive will help any arrangement at any budget.

6. Who can send flowers?

Fsymathy-whiteriends, coworkers, and relatives all may choose to send flowers.

When you are expressing support for friends, relatives and co-workers, any type of flower or plant is suitable and can be chosen to reflect the personality of the deceased.

You may choose to send flowers and plants to the bereaved’s home, workplace, or to the funeral home. (Click here for our blogs on sympathy flowers)

7. What about sending by a group?

symathy-pillowFloral wreaths, crosses, and sprays are normally sent by people in an associated group. Crosses or other symbols of faith are also sent to the service when it is well known that the deceased lived a life of committed faith.

Symbols for a community group, like military, scouts, or clubs can be created in florals to celebrate the dedicated life of the person who passed. Companies and associations that would like to pay their respects and honor the deceased often choose to send these types of flowers.