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The etiquette of sending sympathy flowers

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The etiquette of sending sympathy flowers - Amazing Graze Flowers

It’s not always easy to find the right way to express sympathy when someone has experienced the loss of a loved one. Sending sympathy flowers is a tradition that stretches back for centuries, allowing people to send condolences even when they can’t find the right words. A thoughtful way to let someone know you are there for them, sympathy flowers bring a sense of comfort and beauty on a sad occasion. 

When to send sympathy flowers

The timing of sending sympathy flowers may seem daunting, however there is no right or wrong time. Sending sympathy flowers as soon as you hear of the loss is okay and it’s also okay to wait a few weeks. Sometimes it’s better to wait as this will provide comfort to the grieving when the condolences have started slowing down and they may be feeling lost and lonely.

Where to send sympathy flowers

It is best to send sympathy flowers to the family’s home, where they will be appreciated for longer. Generally, family members prefer to select the funeral flowers themselves, however any gesture of sending sympathy flowers is likely to be appreciated.

Add a personal message

While it can be difficult to find the right words to express sympathy, adding a personal message when sending sympathy flowers gives you the opportunity to communicate your personal condolences and words of support. If you are really struggling to find something to write, a simple message of ‘you are in my thoughts’ shows the recipient you are there for them during this hard time.

Best sympathy flowers to send

Sending sympathy flowers is widely accepted as an appropriate form of condolence, however not all blooms are right for the occasion. It is generally advised to avoid sending brightly coloured florals and instead sticks with muted tones, such as white and pastels.

Common sympathy flowers include lilies, white roses, orchids, carnations and irises. Choosing these varieties is a safe choice, but if you were close to the person being grieved and knew their favourite type of flower, this can make a super personal and appropriate choice.


At Amazing Graze Flowers, we offer same-day flower delivery across Melbourne and Sydney and have many different options for sympathy flowers including funeral wreaths, potted orchids and beautiful arrangements in various colours. Experiencing loss is never an easy time for anyone and we are here to make the process a little easier. We can help you put together thoughtful sympathy flower arrangements and gifts to help celebrate the life of a loved one.

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