In times of loss, sometimes a simple touch on the hand is enough to express your sorrow; a hug or a smile enough to give comfort when words cannot. Sending sympathy flowers, as well, is not only a tradition, it’s another way of offering support to those bereaved by loss of a loved one, or who are going through other difficult circumstances.

Sympathy Flowers

Most flowers serve many purposes and are included in bouquets destined for happy households, and sad. Some types of flowers, however, have a recurring spot in funerals and in homes where a loss has occurred.

*Lilies. According to many florists, lilies are the most common flower choice for viewings and funerals. Their furled white petals adorn caskets and are often scattered in vases that are distributed throughout a home.

*White Flowers. Various types of white flowers, particularly white roses, are thought appropriate for sad times; it’s the color, not the type of flower itself that sends the message.

Flowers of Every Type

Not all sympathy flowers or bouquets need to be white or muted colors. The floral designs that you send to the bereaved should sympathize with their loss, and also serve to celebrate life that was lived. If you are sending a bouquet to the family, send them a bouquet that is filled with color and whimsy. The thought behind it, of support and consideration, will add a special importance to it. Don’t hesitate to ask your local florist for advice; most are well-practiced in sending sympathy flowers and will be of great help.

When to Send Sympathy Flowers

Flowers of support and sympathy can really be sent any time, as long as they don’t arrive during an actual funeral service. Send them as soon as you hear of the loss, even weeks afterward. The person you are sending them to will appreciate that you are thinking of them, or that you also are feeling the loss. It’s in times such as this that discussion with your local florist can be invaluable. Any florist in’s floral marketplace will be happy to give you advice on sympathy bouquets, cards and sympathy flower etiquette.