Making Big Choices Regarding Funerals

3 Tips For Selecting The Right Condolence Flowers

by Andrea Rhodes

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, you may feel like there isn't much you can do to offer relief. While you can't eliminate the sadness a person feels when someone passes away, you can send a token of your love and support.

The most common type of token sent to those who are grieving is a bouquet of condolence flowers. Selecting the right condolence flowers will help ensure the token of your love and support is both tasteful and appreciated.

1. Identify a Favorite Flower

The easiest way to select the right condolence flowers is to identify a favorite flower of either the deceased or the individual you want to support. Including a favorite flower in the arrangement you send will help bring a spark of joy to an otherwise somber occasion.

Try asking extended family members of the deceased for suggestions so that you can send a floral arrangement that will be appreciated and enjoyed.

2. Consider Religious Beliefs

Many people don't realize that religious beliefs and customs can influence the type of condolence flowers that should be sent in a time of mourning.

Some religions, like Jewish and Islam, don't receive flowers when in mourning for the death of a loved one. A potted plant sent directly to the home of the family is more appropriate when you want to send condolences to individuals of these faiths.

Other religions only allow blooms of certain colors to be part of funeral services. For example, Buddhists only utilize white or yellow flowers in funeral arrangements, never red.

You can always contact the funeral home to request additional information on any religious restrictions that should inform your decision as you select condolence flowers.

3. Send the Right Sentiment

Certain flowers have been associated with a specific sentiment for many years. Most people know that red roses are a symbol of love and white lilies represent hope, but there are other floral sentiments you will want to become familiar with when selecting flowers for a condolence arrangement.

Pink carnations can be used to send thoughts of remembrance to the family of the deceased. Daffodils and tulips represent hope and offer encouragement during a difficult time. By choosing flowers that send the right sentiment, you can let the recipient know how you feel without saying a word.

Funeral homes give the option to display any condolence arrangements that are received during visitation and funeral services. Be sure that your arrangement is appreciated by selecting the right flowers to be featured in the arrangement's design.