A Guide to Sending Sympathy and Funeral Flowers

When a friend, family member, colleague, or someone else close to you experiences the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to find the right words to express sympathy or comfort them in their time of mourning. One of the best ways to show them that you’re thinking of them, no matter where you are, is with a special flower arrangement delivered to their home or to the funeral service. If you’re unsure what the correct etiquette is, the following guide on sympathy or funeral flower delivery will give you many of the answers you need for when the occasion arises.

What kind of flowers should I send for bereavement or a funeral?

When choosing flowers for sympathy or a funeral, your arrangement can depend on how close you are to the deceased or grieving, and whether you want it to represent mourning or a celebration of life. If you are close to the person in grief or were quite close to the deceased, you may want to choose an elaborate arrangement in their honour. Smaller or medium-sized simple arrangements are acceptable if you aren’t as close to the person grieving. If you would like something that reflects the personality of the person who has passed, this may affect your choice of colour, you may want to choose their favourite flowers, or colours that remind you of them.

There are various different types of floral arrangements that you can pick from such as bouquets, wreaths, hearts, crosses, or sprays. Bouquets are the preferred choice for sending directly to someone who is grieving, while the latter, more extravagant options are best for funerals.

White, cream-coloured, or neutral toned flowers are a classic colour scheme that many people choose as it best represents mourning. However, if you prefer a brighter tone, that either reflects the deceased or is intended to celebrate the life of the deceased, you can find or order custom floral arrangements. In terms of size, smaller options are ideal to send to someone’s home and larger arrangements are better suited to funeral homes.

There’s no need to worry too much about the type of flowers used in a sympathy or funeral flower arrangement, however, the popular choices usually are lilies, roses, orchids, lisianthus, and other flowers in a white or cream hue. If you’re opting for coloured flower arrangements, you have more freedom to choose any kind of flower you would like that is in season.

When should I send flowers to express sympathy?

You may be wondering when is the right time to send flowers to comfort someone who has lost a loved one. There is no wrong time to send flowers for condolences but ideally, as soon as you hear the news of someone’s passing, that is the best time to show the grieving loved ones that you’re thinking of them. Generally, choosing delivery or bringing flower arrangements to someone is the preferred way to send a message of condolence. Ordering flowers for a service in a funeral home or church is an alternative method if you feel that is appropriate. If you learned of the passing after the funeral has taken place, you can still send flowers as a gesture of condolence, and the family can enjoy the fresh flowers after the service.

Who should you send sympathy flowers to?

Sometimes you may be unsure whether you should be sending flowers to someone who has experienced loss. For those who you are close to, it is a given that you do, but sometimes it is good etiquette to even those you don’t have a close relationship with. If you are a family member, friend, acquaintance, or colleague, it is expected that you make a gesture of support, and flower delivery is an easy but thoughtful thing to do.

Choose Mordialloc Florist™ for funeral flowers in Melbourne

If you’re in need of flowers to express your condolences and comfort someone who is grieving, Mordialloc Florist™ is your trusted florist for floral arrangements to suit the occasion and purpose. Browse our range to find all kinds of funeral and sympathy flower arrangements including sympathy bouquets, perfect for delivery to your loved one, casket flowers, and funeral wreaths, hearts, and crosses for the service. We deliver all over Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, or you can choose to visit our Mordialloc store.