Sending sympathy flowers is a meaningful way of expressing condolences and offering support during difficult times. Although funeral customs vary around the world, the majority of cultures throughout history agree that flowers can bring comfort to grieving. The type, color, and arrangement of sympathy flowers can often convey messages that words cannot express. It is important to take into account gestures, traditions, and cultural beliefs when selecting an appropriate show of sympathy.

When selecting sympathy flowers, it is important to choose an arrangement that evokes feelings of sorrow, but also hope for the future. There is an unspoken language associated with various types of funeral flowers so it is worth doing some research to ensure you get the sentiment across correctly. For an expression of profound condolence and mourning, white lilies are a popular choice while pink carnations convey admiration and a feeling of gentle sorrow.

Timing also needs to be taken into consideration when sending sympathy flowers. It’s best not to send them too soon after death has occurred as this can seem intrusive or insincere but rather wait until arrangements have been made and allow family members the time they need alone with their grief first before sending something comforting like floral arrangements or plants in baskets.

While not essential, a card with more personal words of comfort can go a long way alongside your sympathetic gesture; just make sure not to add further burden by including details pertaining to what was discussed instead stick with brief expressions such as “With deepest sympathies.” Also if suitable find out from close family if there are any wishes or special requests asked by the deceased which could be noted on the cards for added effect.

Appropriate Ways to Display Them

While bouquets are the most popular way to convey your notifications of condolence, there are other communal ways to show you care.

  • Vase of Flowers: A beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers in a simple glass vase may be sent as an appropriate display of sympathy. This can include one type or color of flower or a combination of different kinds for added dimension. If you wish to send any special flowers that cannot be found locally, make sure to order them in advance from a florist who will deliver them on time.
  • Baskets: Sympathy baskets can contain potted plants, indoor blooms, and flowers that grow outdoors in season or year-round as well as green or flowering plants such as roses and baskets with several different kinds of blooms grouped together. These can be ordered with containers such as wicker baskets or ceramic containers.
  • Other Displays: Designers can create personalized floral displays that range from fanfare arch designs made with assorted flowers and filler foliage to unique personal tributes composed of dried material such as palms fronds, tree branches, and pampas grass blended into elaborate designs that match the occasion’s atmosphere or theme in particular. Keepsake items like lilies woven into crosses; angel bouquets; religious symbols made from cut material; garlands fashioned from carnations and wreaths fashioned into stars are also popular options for more elaborate gifts.


When it comes to expressing condolences, sending sympathy flowers is an elegant and respectful way to honor the life of the deceased. Understanding and respecting the traditions, cultures, and expressions associated with sympathy flowers can help each individual find a meaningful way to send their condolences. Taking the time to select an appropriate arrangement, card message and delivery strategy can help ensure that your gift of sympathy flowers conveys your heartfelt thoughts in a heartfelt manner.