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Our Guide to Sending Sympathy Flowers

Published: Thursday 19 June 2014

Our Guide to Sending Sympathy Flowers

Sending sympathy and condolence flowers when a friend, colleague, or family member passes away is fortunately few and far between for the majority of us. But the reality is at some point in our lives we will want to express our thoughts with flowers in the event of a death.

Usually the process of delivering sympathy flowers is tinged with sadness, shock, pain and/or stress, and it can be difficult for people to work out what is ‘appropriate’ to send when feeling this way.

Read on for our standard etiquette guide to sending sympathy flowers:

  • Typically people send flowers in white and green, so if you are unsure, we recommend staying in this traditional colour palette. 
  • Always send flowers that are in a vase, pot or gift box, so the recipient does not need to worry about putting them in water. 
  • In most instances, it is more common these days to send sympathy flowers to someone’s residence rather than a funeral home. 

One of our most popular sympathy flower arrangements is this simple design in white and green featuring oriental lilies and roses below:

White sympathy flower arrangement

This flower arrangement, however, features perfumed blooms (oriental lilies in particular have a strong scent), so if you are not sure whether the recipient has allergies or sensitivity to certain flowers, it is wise to choose a flower arrangement that is non or low-allergenic.

White orchids, roses, gerbera and chyrsanthemum daisies, snapdragons, hydrangea, gladioli, carnations and tulips are all good options, such as these sympathy floral designs pictured below:

White sympathy flowers       White sympathy flowers

Plants are also a wonderful alternatives to sympathy flowers, as they typically provide weeks or months of enjoyment well and truly after sympathy flower bouquets have faded.

Sympathy flowers delivered     White sympathy flowers

Browse from our beautiful collection of sympathy flowers, funeral wreaths and arrangements perfect for expressing your thoughts and condolences.

At the end of the day, if you are undecided or finding the decision emotionally difficult to make, we suggest calling our floral consultants on 1800 66 66 46 who can talk you through your order personally.


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