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Funeral flowers

Send warm wishes during a difficult time.


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Sending flowers to the family after the death of a loved one is a tradition meant to help spread warm wishes in a time of despair. Sending flowers to the funeral home before the day of the funeral take the pressure off the family during a difficult day.

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How to choose funeral flowers

The relationship you share with the deceased or the bereaved should play a role in the type of flowers you choose. People closest to the departed, like family members or close friends, are the ones who choose large spray arrangements that adorn caskets. If you shared a close relationship with the departed, buying flowers that reflect his or her personality brings a personal touch.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right flowers to send.

  • Color matters. White is the most common flower color to give for a funeral, as it signifies reverence, humility and purity.
  • Personality. Take into account the person’s character to help you narrow down your selection for flowers. What’s their favorite flower or color? Incorporating elements of their life and interests into the floral arrangement can help capture their personality.
  • Cultural know-how. If you’re not sure about the religious traditions of the departed, err on the side of caution and ask beforehand. If there’s no one from the same religion to turn to, you can ask professional florists for help. It’s likely they’ve dealt with different cultures. Flowers and a Jewish funeral don’t go together, while a cross arrangement is acceptable for Christians rather than Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists. If you’re attending an Eastern Orthodox funeral, white flowers are perfect.

Ordering funeral flowers online

If you’re responsible for arranging a funeral service, ordering flowers online can help eliminate some of the stress and hassle of your duties. If you’re at a loss for what to order, here are a few pointers to get you started.

Funeral floral arrangement types

The most commonly used floral arrangements at funerals are casket sprays, standing sprays and bouquets. Standing sprays can come in crosses, hearts and wreaths. Choose flowers based on the likes and customs of the deceased, which can add a personal touch.

Choosing flowers

Some of the most common flowers used in funeral floral arrangements include roses, lilies, carnations and gladioli.

Choosing flowers based on their meaning is appropriate. For example, while purple lilies are indicative of loss and death, golden lilies represent rebirth. You might also choose flowers or colors that the departed enjoyed.

Other considerations

If you’re arranging a funeral, it’s good to have an idea of how many flowers you’ll need and what types of arrangements you and your family would like. For instance, do you need no more than a casket spray and a few bouquets, or would you rather go all out? Take into account the kind of mood you wish to create, and this could vary from celebratory to somber.

If you’re sending flowers for sympathy, remember to include a card with a short, handwritten note expressing your condolences.

Where to shop for funeral flowers

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Sending funeral flowers to the family of the deceased is a tradition across many different cultures and can help express your sympathy. Many online flower providers offer an array of funeral flowers to choose from, making this difficult process as hassle free as possible.

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