Flowers are the most popular gift in the entire world. It is almost never inappropriate to send flowers. Plants convey feelings of warmth and sympathy, specially within the memorial setting. They always express the sentiments that some have trouble putting into words.
The main reason behind their popularity is this special ability to convey just the right message at the right time. In recent years, families of the deceased have begun asking that flowers not be sent. That in lieu of this traditional gift, donations be made to named or favored charitable organizations. However studies have shown that when flowers and plants are left out of the various memorial services, then attendees always express the feeling that something was missing from the ceremony.
In fact, following the family and friends, flowers are the thing that most people say needs to be there in times of grief. In addition to expressions of sympathy and condolence, flowers speak in a language of their own carrying special messages of innocence, eternal life and passage through the cycle of life. Flowers are even included when the deceased is cremated. The urn is sometimes displayed surrounded by baskets of favored flowers and floral sprays especially chosen by the family for remembrance of their loved one.
So while many may honor the family in not sending green gifts, some wait a week or two and have the plants delivered to the home. This will let the family know that their friends and acquaintances still have them in their thoughts and that they are not alone during this time of sorrow and bereavement. If you are not absolutely sure what is appropriate, ask your florist to guide you in your selections. Some funeral homes prefer that plants not be enclosed in glass vases. A quick call to the funeral home can clear this up.
Following the funeral you can make it easier on the family by offering to distribute to nursing homes and senior citizen homes those bouquets and floral arrangements that were sent. They can be recycled to make other happy with their bright and colorful displays.
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