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Sympathy Flower Arrangements

Sympathy flowers are a sweet and tasteful way of showing compassion and support for someone who has lost a loved one. Even if you’re far away from those who are grieving, sending a sympathy bouquet to the bereaved lets them know that you’re thinking of them—even if you can’t visit them or attend the funeral. Our local florists craft heartfelt bereavement flowers, funeral sprays, and plant arrangements. No matter which arrangement you choose, our beautiful floral gifts will express your earnest condolences in a truly touching display. Send same day sympathy flowers to those in mourning.

Sympathy Flower Arrangements FAQs

What's the difference between sympathy and funeral flowers?

Sympathy flowers are sent to the home or office of grieving persons. They're meant to be displayed around the home, so they're crafted in a small size that's unobtrusive. FTD florists craft:

Funeral flowers are meant to be displayed at a funeral service. They're typically more elaborate than sympathy flowers, and they're larger so that they're more visible in the wide space where a funeral service is held. Funeral flowers are typically sent directly to the funeral site and not to the family. Funeral flowers are a public expression of your care and concern. Sympathy flowers are displayed in the private sphere.

We can arrange:

FTD has a wonderful selection of same day delivery memorial flowers so you can have flowers delivered to the home or to the service with reliable promptness. Our sympathy arrangements are designed for the purpose of mourning, but they're so lovely that you can use them for other special occasions, too.

What other sympathy gifts do you offer?

A remembrance gift is a long-lasting supplement to flowers. Our remembrance gifts range from flowers to plants, and they include classy, decorative vases that can be displayed in the home for years to come.

FTD gourmet baskets may be a welcome gift to the grieving. Our charming baskets contain healthy snacks and gourmet foods, which are helpful when someone is trying to overcome the loss of a loved one. These comfort foods will nourish the bereaved.

What kind of sympathy flowers should I send?

The flowers that are most commonly used in sympathy flower arrangements are:

Do sympathy flowers have to be white?

White flowers are commonly given for sympathy because the color white is associated with humility, reverence, and goodness. But sympathy flowers don't have to be white. An arrangement of colorful flowers may add some pleasantness to an otherwise somber atmosphere. Consider choosing flowers with springtime colors, like pink, yellow, and lavender. Springtime is often associated with rebirth, which makes those colors highly appropriate for expressing condolence over a death.

If the deceased had favorite flowers, those are also appropriate as sympathy flowers. Sending their favorite flowers adds a more personalized touch. The bereaved knows they were sent to remind them specifically of their loved one. You may want to send sympathy flowers in shades that may complement the home of the recipient. It’s another way of letting them know you are thinking of them at this time.

When should you send a sympathy flower delivery?

Ideally, you should send sympathy flowers right away. However, you may not have learned of the death until some time after the person’s passing. In that case, it is still appropriate to send sympathy flowers. Those who are grieving will appreciate your thoughtfulness even if their loved one died two or three weeks earlier.

View FTD’s flower delivery options. Along with sympathy flowers, we provide a wide range of choices for funeral flowers arrangements and funeral flowers delivery.

What should I write on a sympathy card?

Writing a sympathy card can be stressful. It's tough to find the right words to express feelings of loss, and you may often dread writing something that comes off as in-genuine or un-empathetic. It's important to remember that your words won't cure the grief; instead, your words should show the grieving persons that you care about them and support them. Some common notes on sympathy cards are variations of phrases like:

  • "We are sorry for your loss."

  • "My thoughts are with you and your family."

  • "My deepest sympathies as you remember your grandfather."

If you knew the deceased person, it's always nice to include a few kind words about him or her; that's usually very comforting to the grieving friends and family members. Make sure to describe your relationship with the deceased person if you've never met the recipient of the card.

If you know someone who has suffered a loss, shop our entire Sympathy Collection to find the best way to offer condolences and express compassion. Nothing can bring back their loved one, but sympathy plants and flowers offer some consolation to those going through a difficult time.