History and Importance of Sympathy Flowers
Sympathy Etiquette |
Frequently Asked Questions
Tribute Guide by Relationship
Sympathy Card Messages
The Weeks Following the
funeral: Helping a friend in Grief
It is never easy comforting a relative,
friend or associate who has lost a loved one. People are often uncertain as
to the best way to show their sympathy. Adding to this uncertainty are
changing trends in how Americans commemorate the death of a loved. Services
are simpler and shorter. Viewing periods are now typically limited to one
day, if they occur at all. A greater number of cremations have resulted in
shorter or no memorial services.
Flowers have traditionally been sent to the
funeral home for display during the viewing and service. However, this does
not mean that there should be no show of sympathy if no service is held.
Grief therapists agree that the rituals surrounding death are an aid in the
grieving process. In instance where there is no service, experts recommend
sending condolences to the bereaved person or family’s home.
have been a part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture
throughout history. Flowers add warmth, beauty and dignity to the service
and for many symbolizes eternal life.
Many people are unfamiliar with the terms
used by florists for sympathy arrangements. The society of American Florists
has provided the following descriptions of the most commonly used terms:
A floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life.