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Bereavement and Funeral Flowers

 Sending  bereavement or sympathy flowers is a beautiful way to express our condolences when words fail us. Flowers also bring comfort to bereaving families and help to celebrate the deceased person’s life.


Throughout history, flowers have had a significant role in funeral customs. For example, in ancient times, herbs were used to embalm the deceased person’s body while aromatic flowers were used to decorate the burial site. Traditionally, white lilies have been considered an appropriate funeral flower, as they symbolise purity and innocence.

These days, people tend to send sympathy flowers rather than funeral flowers. What is the difference between funeral flowers and sympathy flowers?







Funeral flowers are formal tributes (addressed to the deceased) and sent directly to the funeral home or service, whereas, bereavement or sympathy flowers are less formal and sent to the family home. 

As people hear the news of a person’s passing, they usually respond by sending flowers. This is usually an immediate response but sometimes it can be helpful to do a rain check on the flowers and send them a week or two later (especially if lots of flowers have already been sent out).

Water-filled box arrangements are a popular choice for when sending bereavement flowers to the family. The bouquets are placed into a cardboard water box (make-shift vase) which means that it can be received and enjoyed by the family without them having to rearrange the flowers or find a suitable vase.

Other sympathy flowers options can include sending a basket of flowers and food (cheese, crackers, biscuits, drinks and fruit). This is becoming a popular option, especially when sending sympathy flowers to a male. This allows people to sit around the table together to eat, fellowship and reflect on their loved one’s life.

A pot plant such as a Peace Lily, Orchid or Anthurium is another option that people often choose to send a bereaving family.