When someone close to you or your family passes away, it’s sometimes challenging to know precisely how to offer your condolences and to let the bereaved know you care. The traditional and expected way of showing sympathy is to send a beautiful flower arrangement. However, knowing the etiquette for sending flowers for a funeral and finding the right floral shop can be overwhelming. If you’ve found yourself searching for any and all shops “near me,” it’s time to save yourself time and stress.
At your Manhattan local flower shop, Mahir Floral & Event Designs, our floral staff offers same-day delivery of beautiful Sympathy and Funeral arrangements that can be delivered to the bereaved’s home or directly to the funeral home of your choice. In addition to offering some of the best blooms in NYC, the florists at Mahir Floral & Event Designs provide an attentive and knowledgeable customer service experience to help you select the perfect gift for the grieving people in your life.
When death hits your family or workplace unexpectedly, the only thing you can do is be present with those in need. Send a Mahir bouquet to add a little extra comfort and symbol of your care. Read on to learn how to send flowers for a viewing or funeral.
Sympathy Flowers vs. Funeral Flowers
One of the first things you need to do is decide whether you would like to send sympathy or funeral flowers and to whom you would like to address them.
As the name suggests, funeral flowers go directly to the funeral home, as they are used at the funeral service as a tribute to the deceased. Sympathy flowers, on the other hand, are sent after the service to show your deep sympathy to the deceased’s family. Therefore, you must send funeral flowers in time for the service, while you can send sympathy flowers at any time. Some people even take out a flower subscription to keep sending flowers throughout the year.
In general, when sending flowers to a funeral, the recipients are the close family members of the deceased. However, it’s also appropriate to send flowers to the deceased’s relatives, especially if you are close to them.
Types of Funeral Flower Arrangements
You have a choice of several different arrangements for funerals, including the following:
- Casket sprays: These arrangements lie on the casket, along with separate interior casket arrangements. The deceased’s immediate family often chooses and supplies these arrangements, so if you aren’t closely related, you can let them take care of it.
- Standing sprays: In this arrangement, fresh-cut flowers are placed near the casket on a wire stand. The close family also choose these arrangements, although friends supply smaller versions.
- Wreaths: This is a popular flower arrangement option, as they can be placed around the casket, grave, and venue. This arrangement is appropriate for friends, work colleagues, and family members.
- Baskets and posies: These are popular options for friends and acquaintances, as they are easy to place at the venue.
Whatever option you choose, avoid arrangements with embellishments like balloons or stuffed animals, as they are often considered inappropriate. If you’re finding it challenging to choose an arrangement based on your relationship with the deceased, contact us at Mahir Floral & Event Designs, and we’ll be more than happy to help you decide.
6 Tips for Sending Flowers to a Funeral
Many people are unsure about how to send flowers to a funeral, but these simple tips should take the guesswork out of the process:
1. Contact Your Florist Immediately
As soon as you hear about the death, you’ll want to contact Mahir Floral & Event Designs here in NY. We offer the finest Sympathy & Funeral bouquets and arrangements that can be delivered the same day you call. That first call will get you started with a consultation and will secure your spot on our delivery calendar.
Arrangements for funerals move very quickly, and we are designed to be responsive in shipping across the city and the USA. We ship to services and homes in Manhattan, but also in the broader NYC area. Best of all, all of our flowers come with our “Always On Time Free” guarantee — so know that if we are late, you won’t pay. It’s never been easier to have peace of mind as you send flowers.
2. Set a Budget
Your budget is a topic that you’ll need to discuss before you can get started on selecting the flowers. Set your budget so that you know what you’re comfortable spending and so that your floral designer knows the blooms that are on and off limits. You don’t want to send an arrangement of the most expensive roses if you can’t afford that.
Your Mahir florist can help you make the best choice within your budget and produce fast, easy & affordable flowers — including flowers available same day delivery — that will honor the deceased. You don’t want to spend hours in a flower shop in New York City when you easily can call Mahir Floral & Event Designs. We can ship anywhere across New York City and the country. So let our staff know your budget, and we will work within that to get you the flowers you will feel proud to present to the bereaved.
3. Give Your Florist a Sense of Who the Flowers Are Memorializing
This is an important step in your relationship with your local flower shop. The flowers that you buy can memorialize the deceased in a special way. Your florist is prepared to listen. Did the deceased love pink garden roses? Was he a fan of sunflowers? Or maybe it was a certain color palette that he or she loved.
The more you can tell your NYC florist about the person you are trying to honor, the better the final arrangement will turn out. So take a few minutes to talk about the person’s life. At Mahir Floral & Event Designs, our team will listen with empathy and understanding. Our goal is to tell a story with the flowers you entrust our staff to send.
4. Size the Arrangement
The size of your arrangement depends on several factors, including your budget and the venue. If you’re sending a large arrangement, we can have it delivered to the funeral home. However, if you prefer to send sympathy flowers directly to someone’s home, a smaller arrangement is more suitable.
5. Keep Up the Communication
We recognize that one call or email may not be enough. We want to get it just right for the bereaved, so feel free to continue the conversation with our floral staff even after you have placed your order. In addition, please feel free to let your consultant know what you think of the flowers once you see them at the funeral home or hear back from the bereaved.
When you buy and send flowers, you want them perfect for those enduring a loss. Our designers love what they do, and take care with each arrangement. Selecting the blooms for your special order is one way we can honor those special people in your life who are going through so much hardship, and so we aim to please them. We’re not happy unless you are. As your local flower shop in Manhattan, we want to provide the very best service to you during this difficult time, so please call or email in the weeks after the funeral to let us know about your experience.
6. Write the Card
Knowing what to write on the card is one of the most challenging parts of sending funeral flowers. It can be overwhelming to try and express your feelings in a few words. Keep it simple, and focus on expressing your sympathy and concern. If you want, you can share a heartfelt message, but there is nothing wrong with messages like “deepest sympathies,” “Our thoughts are with you,” or “with love and sympathy.”
Within reason, include the full names of everyone who contributed to the arrangement.
When to Send the Flowers
When you are sending flowers to a funeral, arrange for them to be delivered on the morning of the funeral so that they are still fresh. It’s best to order your arrangement as soon as you know the date, time and venue of the funeral, so your florist can crease an arrangement, confirm the address, and have it delivered to the right place.
In most cases, you send flowers to a funeral instead of a viewing unless you are a member of the immediate family. However, it’s not uncommon to bring an arrangement to a viewing if you are attending.
Ready to Buy Your Fresh NYC Funeral and Sympathy Flowers?
Sending flowers to a funeral doesn’t have to be stressful. At Mahir Floral & Event Designs, we arrange flowers on a daily basis for funerals and bereaved families in New York City. Stop searching, save the hassle and choose a local flower shop that can deliver the unique arrangement you need.
We offer same-day delivery, and will listen to you every step of the way. If there is any time that a floral arrangement can tell someone “You matter, you are near me, I care,” it is leading up to a funeral. So contact us today and learn more about how our floral designers can help you create a funeral flower arrangement that shows how much you care.