Funeral Flowers vs Sympathy Flowers

By: Powers Funeral Home
Monday, November 7, 2022

Although funeral flowers and sympathy flowers may sound like very similar arrangements, they are actually quite different with each one having a unique purpose and etiquette when it comes to how and where they are sent.  To help you know which type of flower arrangement you should send, directors of funeral homes in Columbia, SC., explain more about these two types of offerings.  

Funeral Flowers

While funeral flowers and sympathy flowers are both given as tokens of sympathy and support, they have several differences as well. The first way is with their overall purpose. Funeral flowers are mostly sent by just family and close friends. These flowers will be used as décor for the funeral as well as any additional services such as a viewing. Typically you will see funeral flowers arrangements in displays as casket sprays, standing sprays, table arrangements and in shapes such as crosses, hearts, and wreaths.  

These funeral flowers are also sent directly to the to funeral home or church rather than the family’s home. Always include the family name or the deceased’s name when sending funeral flowers so that the location will be aware of what service they need to go to. 

Sympathy Flowers

Sympathy flowers are arrangements that are delivered to the grieving family’s personal home and are meant to express sympathy and 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 type 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, 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

Since funeral flowers are meant to be used in the services, there is a shorter window of opportunity that they need to be sent in. If you are unsure if it is too late to send funeral flowers, you can check with the family or the funeral home to see if there is still time.  

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. These flowers will still be a very welcomed and appreciated token even if they arrive a little late.  

If you would like more information about funeral flowers or services from funeral homes in Columbia, SC., feel free to call us or come by anytime.

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