yellow rosesA subject that is often a very difficult one to discuss, but one that we all sadly have to experience at some stage…

Please read through our advice on how to select a sympathy arrangement to send to a friend or loved one after they experience the death of someone close to them.

What is a Sympathy Arrangement?

Sympathy flowers are typically a small or mid-sized floral arrangement that are typically sent to the home of the deceased. They should be addressed to your friend, acquaintance, or loved one to whom you want to express your condolences for their recent loss. Sympathy flowers differ from funeral flowers in that funeral flowers are sent directly to the funeral home and are often large and formal.

Funeral flowers are also not generally addressed to a particular person, rather they are sent to honour the deceased themselves. Sympathy flowers are also not casket arrangements. Casket arrangements are normally arranged by the closest family members, such as children and those planning the service.

If you are unsure of the proper etiquette, we can help to answer any questions you have when choosing the arrangement to send. Send us a message and we will gladly guide you in the right direction Contact

alternatively if you browse our selection in our shop and indicate in the message that this is a sympathy arrangement we will ensure it is created with love and careful consideration.

Which Types of Flowers are Appropriate for a Sympathy Arrangement?


Really, any type of flower, when included in a professional, thoughtful arrangement can be a beautiful and appropriate sympathy flower. Some flowers do have special meaning and are therefore popular sympathy flowers. For instance, white stargazer lilies symbolise sympathy and yellow roses symbolise strong ties.

Orchids say “I will always love you” while red tulips represent perfect love. Plants can also be an excellent choice as they can obviously be enjoyed long after the funeral is over and remind your friend or loved one that you care.

Should I Include a Card?

Yes, a card should always be included. If you are unsure of what to say, keep it simple with comments such as “With Deepest Sympathy” or “With Love and Prayers,” or something to that effect – It isn’t necessary to write a long, elaborate monologue unless you really want to!


Arranging Funeral Flowers

If you are looking for a florist to create funeral flowers and you would like to discuss in more detail, please Get In Touch and we will happily come to your house or meet at a convenient time and place to help ease any pressure at what is a very difficult time.

At such a sensitive time it is necessary to deal with someone kind, caring and considerate. Nicola has had first hand experience of the difficult task of arranging a funeral for a loved one so is familiar with how you may be feeling.

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