While funeral flowers are sent as a tribute to the funeral service, sympathy flowers are usually a bit more personal, sent to the family at home. Flowers sent during times of sorrow express comfort and hope, and are generally less formal than a wreath or spray. Because of the emotions involved, well-meaning people are often nervous about the etiquette involved in sending a bouquet or gift, so here are a few frequently asked questions that should help to ease your mind.
The experts at Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist are here to answer any questions you may have at this difficult time. What if I Just Heard? Sending flowers a week or two after the funeral is not only appropriate, it will let the family know that they are in your thoughts. The weeks and months after a funeral can be the most difficult, so a reminder that they are not forgotten or alone is a beautiful gesture at any time.
When are Flowers Not Appropriate? If the family of the deceased is Jewish and “sitting Shiva”, flowers are not appropriate for the first 7 days. A fruit basket or dessert is considered customary during the first week. Fruit baskets and food are considered a thoughtful gift for anyone, considering that they will be receiving guests and may not be in the moods to cook.
Do I Have to Send White Flowers? While many prefer white flowers as they signify quiet respect, any types of flowers can be sent. Brighter blooms bring color, hope, and beauty to an otherwise somber atmosphere.
Are Plants Appropriate to Send in Lieu of Sympathy Flowers? Any expression of love and support will be appreciated by the family. However, if you would like to send a longer lasting gift, plants and orchids are both beautiful choices.
If you are unsure at all about what to send to a grieving family, you can rely on the expertise of Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist. We will respectfully guide you through your choices at this difficult time.
Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist serves the communities of Rowland Heights, Whittier and Glendora.