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Aug 17, 2007
When a family has experienced bereavement, it's a thoughtful and caring idea to send sympathy flowers. It also helps to express your love and concern for them during their time of loss. You can choose between sending flowers to the funeral or to the family's home. Generally, you would send them to the funeral if you knew the deceased. It can also be a nice idea to send flowers to the family after the funeral is over, so that they know you are still thinking of them.

If you want to order some sympathy flowers, talking to your local florist is a great place to start. They deal with sympathy flowers almost every day, so can be a great source of information about what's appropriate and which type of arrangement and flowers you should select. It's always a good idea to include a message card with your flowers, so that the family can identify whom the flowers are from. Those few well-chosen words can also mean a great deal to them.

Flowers For The Funeral

There are a few different types of sympathy flowers that you can send to a funeral, and some which are usually supplied by the bereaved family. If the service is going to have an open casket, then there are usually small bouquets, garlands or wreaths placed on the inside of the casket lid. These are known as inside casket pieces, and are usually supplied by the family.

There's also a casket cover required when the casket is closed, and again, the family usually supplies this. There are quarter, half, and full casket designs. The larger styles can take a while to create, so it's important to order these well in advance of the funeral. If you were close to the deceased and would like to order a casket cover, check with the family first to see what they've ordered, because there may not be room on the casket for your sympathy flowers.

Many people choose a funeral basket for their sympathy flowers. These are baskets or vases of appropriate flowers, and are usually delivered to the funeral service. These are good because they can stand alone and don't require any attention on the day of the funeral. Funeral sprays are also a popular choice. These are a larger arrangement, and are usually made using an easel and floral foam for support. You can choose any shape you like, although crosses are one of the most popular options.

You can also choose a wreath, and again, these are supported by an easel to help keep them upright. Although circular wreaths are more traditional, you can also opt for another shape, such as a heart, if it seems more appropriate. Both wreaths and flower sprays are delivered to the funeral service, and may be moved to the gravesite if appropriate.

Family Flowers

Sending sympathy flowers to the bereaved family is always welcome. There is a huge range of appropriate designs to choose from, with a simple bouquet of flowers being a good choice. You can choose to have your flowers delivered in a vase, which means the family can simply enjoy the flowers from the moment they arrive. Remember that the family will be busy on the day of the funeral, so flowers should be delivered in the days before or after the funeral.

If you want to offer some more durable sympathy flowers, then why not give the family a peace lily? It's an attractive indoor plant, with glossy green leaves and beautiful white flowers. You can have one delivered, or give it to the family in person, and it's a wonderful way to let the family know you're thinking of them on an ongoing basis.
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Steve Dolan loves flowers and flower arrangements. For the perfect flower arrangemet click Flower Arrangements. . For more floral information take a look at Flowers and Local Florists
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