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Funeral Flowers vs Sympathy Flowers 

Published: June 6, 2022

Flowers play a big role when someone passes away. Funeral flowers help adorn the funeral space as well as honor the life of the loved one who has passed. Additionally, sending sympathy flowers to the grieving family provides a way for family and friends to show their support and pay their respects. Whether you are sending funeral flowers directly to funeral homes in Hallsville, TX, or having sympathy flowers delivered to the family’s home, here is what you need to know about flowers during this special time.

Funeral Flowers vs Sympathy Flowers

Funeral flowers and sympathy flowers differ in many ways. First, funeral flowers are typically sent by family and close friends. These are the flowers that will be on display during the funeral service as well as any additional service such as visitation. These flowers are normally found in arrangements such as standing sprays, or sprays that are laid over the casket. They can also be found in shapes such as crosses, hearts, and wreaths.

When sending funeral flowers, you will want to have them delivered directly to the location the services will take places such as the funeral home or church. Make sure you include the family’s name on the card so that the location will know what funeral they are for.

Sympathy flowers are arrangements that are delivered to the grieving family’s home and are meant to show support for the family rather than to be on display during the services. These arrangements are typically sent by friends, coworkers, etc., and can be a floral basket, vase, or other types of arrangement.

Types of Flowers

There are certain types of flowers that are typically used for funeral and sympathy flowers due to their meanings. Some of the flowers you will often see are:

  • Gladiolas - symbolize strength and sincerity
  • Carnations – white carnations represent purity and innocence, and pink carnations symbolize remembrance
  • Lilies - express innocence
  • Roses - white represents innocence, red expresses love and courage, yellow shows warmth and friendship, pink symbolizes grace
  • Orchids - represent eternal love

It is important to note that some cultures may hold different meanings to flowers and colors of flowers so always check to make sure what you are sending is appropriate. A florist or other professional should be able to help you.

When to Send the Flowers

If you are sending funeral flowers, you will want to ensure they are delivered before any services begin so that they may be used and on display. This means you may be on a shorter timeline of when to send them.

Sympathy flowers are typically delivered within a week or so of the person’s passing. However, if for whatever reason you were unable to send them in that timeframe, don’t let that stop you from sending them at all. Even if it’s been longer, flowers arriving at the person’s home is always a welcomed surprise.

If you need more information about sending flowers to funeral homes in Hallsville, TX, or sympathy flowers to someone’s home, feel free to call us or come by anytime.

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