Losing a loved one is never easy. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or colleague, when someone we care about passes away, we want to do everything we can to show them (and their family) our support. For many of us, that means sending flowers. But with so many different arrangements to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one is right for the occasion.
When you order flowers to show your condolences, you may not know what the best arrangement is. You want to make sure the flowers you choose express how you feel and represent the relationship you had with the person who passed away. We’ve put together a list of the four most popular sympathy arrangements to help you choose the best one for your situation.
The Classic Arrangement
One of the most popular options for expressing condolences, classic sympathy arrangements are traditional yet timeless. Also known as casket sprays or funeral sprays, these plants are typically large and elaborate, making them ideal for displaying at the funeral service. Funeral sprays are often placed on top of the casket or near the altar and can be sent by immediate family members, close friends, or co-workers. Some popular flowers used in this arrangement include lilies, roses, daisies, and carnations.
The Small Gesture of Sympathy Arrangement
Also called sympathy flowers baskets or flower boxes, small gesture arrangements are a more understated option for expressing your condolences. These plants are smaller than classic casket sprays, but often pack just as much of an emotional punch. And because they’re less formal than other types of arrangements, they can be sent by anyone—not just immediate family and close friends. They are usually displayed in the front row at funeral services and contain a mix of seasonal flowers in colors that complement each other well.
The Personal Touch Sympathy Arrangement
As the name suggests, this arrangement is all about adding a personal touch that celebrates the life of the deceased. These plants typically reflect the recipient’s hobbies, interests, or favorite colors and can be customized to include unique elements like photos or keepsakes. Because they’re so personalized, these plants are usually only sent by immediate family members or close friends—people who knew the deceased best and would be able to pick out items that were special to them.
The Living Memorial Arrangement
A living memorial sympathy arrangement is a plant that can be kept and cared for after the funeral service. These plants are often given in memory of the deceased and serve as a reminder of their life. Living memorials can be sent by anyone, but they’re usually given by close family and friends. Common plants used in these arrangements include bonsai trees, succulents, peace lilies, and rubber plants.
Choosing the right sympathy arrangement can be difficult, but it’s important to take your time and pick an option that feels right for you. By keeping the relationship, you had with the deceased in mind, as well as their personality and interests, you can pick out an arrangement that celebrates their life and shows your support. Ultimately, any of these four arrangements would be a beautiful way to express your condolences and show your support.