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Why Flowers?

"Why are flowers such a meaningful way to express sympathy?"

Sympathy flowers have been a part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture throughout history. Changing trends in how we say good-bye to loved ones, however, often leave family and friends uncertain about how to express their condolences. Below, the Society of American Florists answers the most commonly asked questions about sympathy flowers:

"Is there a 'right' or 'wrong' type of arrangement to send to people as a sympathy gift?"

Although very traditional sympathy arrangements are still requested, most florists today are happy to create a floral tribute that is original and creative. Mixed flower arrangements that look "just-picked-from-the-garden," or green or flowering plants are popular options. These more contemporary alternatives provide the family with the option to take them home, or deliver them to hospitals or places of worship after the service.

"What can I do to make my arrangement special from the rest?"

To make your floral tribute particularly special, ask your florist to create an arrangement that fits the deceased's personality. For example, a rustic basket of wildflowers might honor someone who loved the outdoors. Whatever you do, the family is sure to notice and appreciate the effort.

"Sometimes I see a charity mentioned 'in lieu of flowers' in the death notice. Is it still appropriate to send flowers?"

Because flowers help you say what is often difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste. 

However you choose to express your sympathy, any support will let the family know you care.

Some floral tips:

Wellness: Evoke a feeling of a balanced mind, body and spirit with bouquets of yellow and green.

New Beginnings: The color orange will stimulate joy, enthusiasm and freshness.  Compliment it with white for purity.

Serenity: Loosely arranged hues of blue, violet and lavender will help clear the mind of stress.