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Funeral and Sympathy Flower Etiquette: FAQs and Tips to Know

When you lose someone special, there is nothing in this world that can make that pain go away. However, knowing that people love you and care for you can help ease that pain, even just a little. If you know someone who is grieving, sending flowers is a beautiful way to show you care. When a sympathy bouquet or funeral wreath is delivered to their door, they’ll know that you are thinking about them and their loss.

However, it can be difficult understanding the etiquette for sending flowers for funerals, or to express condolences and sympathies.Here are answers to some of the most common questions about funeral and sympathy flower delivery.

Should I Send Flowers to the Family’s Home or the Funeral Home?

This will depend on your relationship with the family and if the deceased was someone you know, or an important figure in the life of someone special to you. If you want to provide a more intimate gesture, sending a thoughtful bouquet to the family home may be best.

Or, if you think it would be more appropriate to send a flower arrangement to the funeral home, do that instead. Smaller sympathy floral arrangements and posies are usually better for family homes. Larger arrangements and funeral wreaths can often be a better option to send to the funeral home.

How Big Should a Sympathy Flower Arrangement or Funeral Wreath Be?

Again, this will depend on your relationship with the family and with the person who has passed away. If you think a small, thoughtful casket cover or funeral wreath with gerberas, roses or orchids would be more appropriate, opt for that. If you think a large, grand floral arrangement would suit a funeral better, choose that instead.

How do I Choose the Right Flowers for a Funeral?

Funeral flowers and casket covers don’t just say a final farewell. They can also show how much the deceased person meant to you, reflecting their personality and everything they gave to the world.

Think about the flowers which capture the type of person the deceased was. Were they cheerful, bubbly and bright like roses and gerberas? Or were they more reserved and thoughtful like oriental lilies and majestic orchids?

It may be appropriate to send flowers that reflect their personality, showing you put thought into the choice and that part of their personality lives on. Take your cue from the family and the circumstances of the death – and remember to take the family’s religion into account when choosing your flowers.

Can I Choose a Colourful Funeral Arrangement, Spray or Wreath?

Some people don’t think of funerals as a time of mourning, but a time to celebrate the life of the person who passed away. In this case, a bright, colourful arrangement may be just the right choice. Again, take your cue from the family and the circumstances of death to ensure you choose flowers, arrangements, casket covers and sprays that convey the right tone. For more, read our Complete Guide to Choosing Funeral Flowers.

I missed the funeral, is it too late to send flowers?

It’s never too late to send flowers. Even if the funeral service has already passed, you can still send sympathy flowers and arrangements to the family to let them know you care. They will likely appreciate the gesture, knowing that people are still thinking of them and their loved one.

Can I Send Flowers if I’m Too Far Away to Attend the Funeral?

Just because the funeral is far away does not mean you miss the deceased person any less, or you care any less about the family’s feelings. Sending flowers is a lovely way to show you are thinking about the family and the person who passed on - even when you are in another part of the world.

Whether you are looking for flowers in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane, you can find the funeral flowers and arrangements you want online, and have them sent to the family or the funeral home.

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