Flowers Say you Care
The saying goes that nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. Most of us hope that the end will come after a long, happy life but this is not always the case. In any event, we can all sympathize with someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one and want to show our support and empathy.
Flowers have been a standard gift for the mourning for centuries now. Different sympathy flowers have different meanings, but the main reason people send flowers is to lift the spirits of those grieving. Flowers are the perfect way to let someone know you are thinking of them.
What to Tell the Florist
When it comes to deciding on what sympathy flowers to send, florists advise considering where the flowers are being sent to. Are they going to the bereaved family’s home? Are they going to the church? Or are they going to the funeral home? In each instance, something slightly different is recommended – for the funeral home, for example, a wreath or coffin spray may be ideal. For a home, a bouquet would be better suited.
Lifting Spirits with Flowers
The main reason we do send flowers though is to comfort the living. Most of us send the arrangements to the home with a beautiful card. A lot of mourners dread the idea of coming home after a funeral because they have to deal with the loss of their loved one alone.
Flowers and thoughtfully chosen cards can provide a welcome distraction at this very difficult time. Not only will the flowers visually lift the space, the caring and love they represent will lift the spirits. People will be glad to see that they, and their loved one, are not forgotten.
Grieving is never easy but knowing that others are thinking about you and concerned for you does make it a little easier to talk and, where necessary, ask for help. Many of us, however, have no idea what to say to someone who is recently bereaved. Flowers can help to get over that initial awkwardness and help you to express your feelings.
A Card is Important
It is also important to choose a nice card to accompany the bouquet. For starters, the card will be a lasting reminder that can be kept for years to come. Secondly, they act as a firm reminder for the bereaved – many people want to send out thank you letters after a funeral service, etc. but may have been in too much of a state to take much notice what was going on – the card will allow them to personally thank everyone properly when they are in a better frame of mind.