Sending flowers to a funeral is one of the best ways to show your condolences to the grieving family. Flowers say what words can not. They convey the love and joy that the deceased brought to the world. A beautiful arrangement can be uplifting to the spirits of those suffering such a great loss. But it is important when sending flowers, to keep these common mistakes in mind, and to avoid them if you can.

Don’t Forget About Your Loved One

You aren’t just sending the flowers to the family of the deceased, you are sending them for the one they lost. Try to choose an arrangement that makes a difference. What was their favorite color? What flowers did they like? Sympathy flowers represent the person we are mourning. They are a celebration of the life that they lived. Everything, from the flowers in the arrangement, to the message on the card, should feel personal.

Fill Out the Message Card

Many people send flowers to a funeral without a message attached. The message attached to the arrangement you send is something meaningful. It is a chance to express your sympathy and support. Whether it is a personal message, or a comforting note, the card is there for you to show your support in a personal way, to the immediate family.

Try Not to Order an Inappropriate Arrangement

It is important that when you send a flowers to a funeral, you do not send an inappropriate arrangement type. For example, casket sprays are almost exclusively provided by the spouse or immediate family. Co-workers might collect around the office to send an elegant basket, or If you are unsure of what type of arrangement to send, opt for a standing spray or a basket. For more details on what flower arrangement would be appropriate to send, see our previous article on the subject. (backlink to post on 3/1/18)

You Can Still Send Flowers After The Funeral

Many people assume that sympathy flowers are only for the funeral. You can send flowers to the home of the grieving family. Grief doesn’t end at the funeral. Sending flowers to their home shows the family that you are thinking about them and the deceased. It can be a good pick-me-up for them.

Don’t Buy From a Big-Box Florist

Flowers from big-business sites are often seen as impersonal. They often show up to the funeral home in a box, still ice cold from some big warehouse. Going the extra mile to shop locally is an often overlooked but important aspect of sending sympathy flowers. Local florists know how important it is to bring life and loss together in a beautiful arrangement for a funeral service. It is not hard to see the love and care put into a custom arrangement from a local florist.

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.