A Complete Guide to Sending Sympathy Flowers

A Complete Guide to Sending Sympathy Flowers


Losing someone comes with an unexplainable kind of pain that often comes in waves for some. In truth, no amount of words can make grieving less unbearable. Add that to the fact that death is perhaps one of the most difficult topics to unpack. Here's where sympathy flowers come in. When words fail you, trust the language of flowers to communicate your love and respect for the deceased while offering condolences, hope, and comfort to the people they left behind.

Sympathy Flowers vs. Funeral Flowers 

white orchids sympathy flowers

There is much confusion about the difference between these two. Sympathy flower arrangements are sent to the homes of the deceased to express heartfelt condolences. They are usually smaller and more compact in size. They can be orchid arrangements in vessels, fresh flower arrangements in vases and baskets, or beautiful hand bouquets. 

On the other hand, funeral flowers are the big and elegant arrangements to decorate the memorial service. They are chosen by the family or friends of the deceased as part of funeral arrangements. Funeral flowers are usually artistically designed as flower wreaths or statuesque floral designs in tripod stands for support. 


In photo: Toluca Lake Orchids 

What Are the Best Blooms for Sympathy Flowers 

Traditionally, sympathy flowers are composed of pure white blooms. Aside from symbolizing heaven as the general notion for the afterlife, white sympathy flowers also represent wishes of eternal peace for the deceased and healing for the family. 

White roses, calla lilies, orchids, and tulips are some of the most long-lasting sympathy flowers our florists recommend. However, suppose you have an incredibly close relationship with the deceased and know their favorite flowers and colors. In that case, you can honor their memories by asking your florist to incorporate them in your sympathy flower arrangement.

When to Send Sympathy Flowers

Sympathy flowers can be sent through a florist's flower delivery service, or you can also bring personally offer them when you:

  • Attend the funeral service
  • Visit the family at home
  • Pay respects at the cemetery
  • Celebrate your dearly departed's birthday or death anniversary



In photo: Milk and Honey Roses


What NOT to do When Sending Sympathy Flower Arrangements

  • Do not order sympathy flowers from big-box stores.
    Although they are cheaper, these companies often deal with thousands of online orders daily. Because of this their customers often complain about messed up deliveries, poor coordination, and wilted flowers, which can only add to the stress of your grieving friend.
  • Do not send to an office address.
    Some people prefer to keep their private matters to themselves. Receiving a sympathy flower at work may make them lose their composure and overwhelm them emotionally. Not to say that showing emotions at work is bad, but it’s important not to put friends in a compromising situation if we can.

Send Elegant Sympathy Flowers in Santa Monica

Offer your condolences to grieving friends or family through our beautiful sympathy flowers. It doesn't matter where you are in the world. So take your pick from our collection of white orchids and flower arrangements, and we'll make sure they get delivered to your loved ones' Los Angeles, Orange County, or Santa Monica address.

Orchid Republic is a local floral boutique with studios in Sherman Oaks, Costa Mesa, and Santa Monica. We have an extensive selection of orchids and floral arrangements, making thoughtful and tasteful gifts for all occasions. 


For questions on appropriate sympathy flowers, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly florists will be happy to assist you. 



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