Sympathy Flowers

7 TIPS IN TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF 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? Flowers 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...

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Making the right impression with your Corporate Floral Gift

When you send flowers professionally,  consider the impression you want to make and ask for a gift that accomplishes this. The style of the design, size, and floral selection all effect how successfully that floral bouquet communicates your intended message. Use our expertise to leverage your ROI, make the right impression and bring delight, comfort and support! Anyone can go to a flower website and place an order and select from the items being offered. Not all florists are equipped to assist you in analyzing whether that specific selection will accomplish the goals that you have for that...

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In Lieu of Flowers… Guest Blogger’s Creative Solution to a Sticky Question

Thanks to Krystyna Bowman of Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas for her thoughts on this important issue... Krystyna and I go way back, and her perspective is always insightful and encouraging. Follow her blog on birthing methods and breastfeeding here. She celebrates life to the fullest, from the first events of a baby's life, through the end of life passages. Thank you for sharing, Krystyna! "Every time I see "in lieu of flowers" in an obituary, my heart breaks a little.  I think of the family grieving the loss of life, the loss of a loved one near and dear to their heart, without a reminder...

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Three Tips for Sympathy Flowers sent to the home

1. Send to the home? If you did not have a close relationship to the deceased or if there is a possibility that the flowers would not arrive to the services in time, sending arrangements to the home of the surviving relative is completely appropriate.  In fact, it is appropriate to send flowers up to four weeks after the deceased’s passing, or even beyond that on special occasions where you would like to support the remaining family members (such as their anniversary, special holidays, any time that the remaining family members might be more emotional or missing them more. 2. Scale and Size: When...

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Confusion about sympathy flowers

Recently friends of mine lost their Mom/Grandma, and I experienced the confusion first-hand that many feel when encountering 'in lieu of flowers' in the announcement of the memorial service. I just read a great blog post that put in words what I was struggling to even understand. In 'Quiet Ambassadors of Love', Jennifer Sparks quotes a note from a funeral director's wife: "Quiet ambassadors of love, flowers, yes, flowers. As a funeral director’s wife I have had the honor of standing by others in times of loss and grief. When confusion and pain run so deep, words are intrusive and unwelcome....

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What Type of Sympathy Flowers Should I Send to the Service?

In previous blogs I’ve talked about where to send sympathy flowers.  Now, based on where you send them let’s talk about what type of arrangements to send.  Today's blog post focuses on flowers sent to the service. Typically, the most majestic and prominent arrangements are ones that come from immediate family members.  These arrangements include casket sprays, wreaths, and standing easel sprays.  If you are the parents, child, or sibling of the deceased these would be your first choice of flower arrangements to send.  Below (from left) are examples of a casket spray, cross, wreath with...

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Sympathy Flowers: Where Do I Send Them?

Some of the most common questions posed to florists are questions regarding sympathy flowers.  The etiquette surrounding sympathy flowers can be confusing at best.  Hopefully we can shed some light on the subject and make it less confusing for you. In most cases local family and friends are the first to know of the deceased’s passing as well as subsequent funeral arrangements.  This allows more than enough time to plan, order, and have the flowers delivered.  If the family chooses to have formal services, that could include a viewing or wake, ceremony, memorial service, and graveside burial...

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Musings on Sympathy Flowers: Flowers speak in the silence where words cannot go

Jennifer Sparks shares, "Having worked for the floral industry for almost 20 years, I’ve talked with many family, friends, and acquaintances who question the practicality of sympathy flowers or are confused by the ‘in lieu of flowers’ phrase often seen in death notices and obituaries. Having been to my share of funerals I have seen first hand the healing nature of flowers during a time when words cannot express. But a recent correspondence from Bobbie Nelson, a funeral director’s wife, sums it up so beautifully I have to  share her thoughts: I recently received an e-mail saying...

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