Sympathy flowers and etiquette

When we think about fresh flower deliveries, we often imagine happy occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and the arrival of a new baby. However, flowers also play an important role when it comes to supporting those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. If you want to send sympathy flowers, it’s important to know what types of blooms are best as well as standard etiquette during this difficult time.

Choosing the right flowers

The first step to sending sympathy flowers is taking the time to choose the right blooms. While roses and lilies are the obvious favourites, it is also worth mentioning that traditions have changed and you can send just about any type of bloom as a symbol of your condolences. Sometimes bouquets are arranged to include a single type of flower whereas others include at least three different types of blooms and foliage to bring it all together. So, in short, roses and lilies are the top choices but there is technically no right or wrong type of flower to send. That said, you might want to avoid joyful exotic blooms just to play it safe.

Selecting the best colour

Again, there are some popular choices for colours when it comes to sympathy flowers. White is the number one choice because it symbolises purity and innocence. Like the innocence of the soul of the person who has passed away. It is also calming and soothing for the recipient. Pastel colours like light shades of pink and purple are also appreciated. On the other hand, there has been an increased demand for brightly coloured bouquets. So, don’t be surprised if you spot yellow, orange and even mixed bouquets among the sympathy bouquets. The reason for this is because bright colours help lift the mood of the recipient so it is not a sign of disrespect but rather some much-needed encouragement.

Some etiquette tips to follow

Now that you have your sympathy flowers and colours taken care of, it’s time to keep some essential etiquette in mind. The first thing you need to do when sending flowers during this time, is make sure that a flower delivery is possible. Many people prefer to send a flower arrangement rather than make direct contact with the grieving family. This is for no other reason than respect for their privacy. If florists are delivering during this time, you should also make sure that you include a sincere message with your name to let them know that you are thinking of them.

Next, you should always remember to follow up with the florist rather than the recipient regarding the delivery of the bouquet. If you phone the recipient, they might interpret this as your way of looking for some kind of gratitude. If the recipient calls you, this is completely different but you should track your order via your florist rather than contacting the recipient.

Finally, allow time to pass and let the family grieve. After a couple of weeks, you can call just to check up on them. In so many cases, people are overwhelmed by messages and flower deliveries immediately after their loved one passes. However, as time goes by, it’s almost as though they are forgotten while people go on with their lives. Show your support when they really need it by getting in touch after a few weeks. Stay in touch and check in on them regularly but not too often. You still want to give them space.

By keeping these tips for sympathy flowers and etiquette in mind, you can be sure that your loved ones will appreciate your support. If flowers cannot be delivered right now, remember to contact the grieving family and express your condolences. You can always schedule a delivery once services are resumed.