Considering the amount of time we spend at work each day, it’s no wonder our co-workers feel more like family. When we lose somebody we’ve known for years and worked with so closely, it can feel like losing a member of our own family. If you are wondering whether or not you should reach out to the immediate family of your co-worker, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to sympathy flowers and moral support.
Sympathy flower etiquette
When every you send sympathy flowers, no matter the recipient, it’s always important to make sure that you observe certain unwritten rules. Your co-worker may have been married which means that you should convey your condolences to their spouse and children. You should also express your condolences to their other closest family members like their parents or siblings. Since you will hear about their passing relatively quickly, you should also act quickly and order flowers for same day or next day delivery.
Types of flowers
There are a number of options when it comes to sympathy flowers. Consider the personality of your co-worker and look for a respectful bouquet that embodies their personal traits. This means that colourful flowers are perfectly acceptable if they represent the happy and bubbly person that you remember. If you are unsure, classic white and green bouquets are always considered to be respectful and thoughtful. Roses, lilies, carnations and chrysanthemums are all flowers that are popular as part of sympathy bouquets.
Your sympathy flowers can be delivered by the florist or you can deliver them in person if you prefer. In many cases, a florist delivery is preferred out of respect. If you deliver the flowers in person, the family might feel obligated to invite you inside for a cup of coffee or tea. A florist delivery is great for showing your support without making them feel like they have to entertain guests during this difficult time.
When you place your order for sympathy flowers, remember to include a special message. You should always offer your support and assistance during this time and don’t forget to include the business name in the card. The relatives of your co-worker will certainly love to know how much their loved one was appreciated.
It’s never easy saying goodbye to those closest to us. With the right flowers and message, it can make this time of grief a bit more tolerable. Fresh flowers offer great comfort and they can help those grieving feel less depressed which is extremely important during the healing process.