Sympathy

While it’s not always easy to know what to say to a person who has lost a loved one, a gift of flowers is an expression of thoughtfulness that brings both comfort to the family and natural beauty to a sad occasion.

Bouquet of white flowers suitable for sympathy including white roses
Bouquet of white flowers suitable for sympathy including white roses
From $110.00
Posy of white and green flowers in a glass vase
Posy of white and green flowers in a glass vase
From $85.00
White and Green Traditional Bowl Sympathy Arrangement
White and Green Traditional Bowl Sympathy Arrangement
From $160.00
Bouquet of Beautiful Pastel Blooms in a heavy based Glass Vase
Bouquet of Beautiful Pastel Blooms in a heavy based Glass Vase
From $150.00
Pink and White Flowers in a textured white ceramic vase
Pink and White Flowers in a textured white ceramic vase
From $110.00
Bouquet of scented roses in pastels and soft pink
Bouquet of scented roses in pastels and soft pink
From $120.00
Seasonal Wildflowers or native flowers in a Glass Ripple Vase
Seasonal Wildflowers or native flowers in a Glass Ripple Vase
From $145.00
Tall basket of fresh wildflowers or native flowers
Tall basket of fresh wildflowers or native flowers
From $195.00
Bright Flower Box
Bright Flower Box
From $85.00
Wreath of Pink Flowers
Wreath of Pink Flowers
From $130.00
white and green wreath of flowers
white and green wreath of flowers
From $160.00
Pink and White Floral Heart Tribute
Pink and White Floral Heart Tribute
From $180.00
Pink and Mauve Funeral Wreath
Pink and Mauve Funeral Wreath
From $160.00
Large Heart Floral Tribute
Large Heart Floral Tribute
From $399.00
Scented Lily and Premium Rose Bouquet
Scented Lily and Premium Rose Bouquet
From $85.00

What are sympathy flowers

Sympathy flowers have been given to grieving families for centuries to convey heartfelt emotions, to let them know that others are thinking of them as they experience their loss, and to convey love, respect and support.

 

Is it ok to send sympathy flowers

Sometimes we would like to offer personal condolences but are confused about whether to visit or not to visit the family.  A bouquet or an arrangement of beautiful flowers sends a message of sympathy without being intrusive and your flowers and message will provide a subtle comfort to those who are grieving the loss of someone they dearly loved. 

Yesterday when I delivered sympathy flowers to an Alstonville family who very recently lost a husband and dad, I saw the sadness and also saw their comfort in knowing that someone else was recognising their grief. 

Sometimes of our customers choose to offer their personal condolences when they first hear of the bereavement and send flowers a few weeks later.  The funeral is over, family may have gone back to their homes, and while things may have settled down the sense of loss is likely to be intense.  Your gift of flowers at this time will let them know you are thinking of them ... and may be familiar with the path they are travelling.  

 

What colours are sympathy flowers

Green and white are traditional colours for sympathy floral designs with the white flowers representing elegance, reverence, purity and eternal love; and evergreen foliage representing the victory of the eternal spirit over death.

Pink flowers are another popular choice with their meaning of admiration, appreciation, thoughtfulness and love.

Sometimes bright colours are chosen to convey encouragement and hope, particularly if the family have lost someone who had a bright, cheerful character.

Colours for sympathy flowers are really a personal choice, and our suggestion would be to choose a colour that seems right to you. 

 

What floral designs are best for sympathy flowers delivered to the home

There are a few choices available with the most popular being a bouquet of flowers in a vase or an arrangement of flowers in a box or ceramic container that can be easily displayed on a coffee table, or feature area in the home. 

 

What floral designs are best for the funeral service

While there are many different options for funeral service flowers, wreaths have been used since ancient times to represent the circle of life.

Other popular designs are tall arrangements or sheafs of flowers which can be displayed at the front of the ceremony setting.

 

What should you write on the card message

When I was delivering flowers to Wollongbar recently, I heard an interview with Michelle Moriarty on ABC radio. Michelle was the winner of the WA Rural Woman’s Award for 2023 , and following the unexpected death of her husband, became a grief coach.

Michelle recommends asking someone “How are you travelling?” rather than “How are you?"  This gives the person a number of options when answering rather than requiring an often painful, personal response.

If you would like to hear the interview, here's the link Michelle Moriarty - the right words in sad situations

This led me to think about the messages people ask us to write on the cards we deliver with sympathy flowers.

Bearing in mind Michelle’s words, when you’re writing a card message to go with your flowers we suggest you keep it simple and include a few personal words.

  • We are thinking of you at this very sad time and fond memories of …….. and his/her ……….. (warm smile, cheerfulness, enjoyment of fishing etc).
  • We’re sending you our love and support and would like you to know we’re here for you. 
  • . . .  was a very special person to us and we will all miss him/her.  
  • We will treasure our happy memories of the times we spent with ....

 

Delivery of Sympathy Flowers

Alstonville Florist delivers flowers to our local communities of Alstonville and Wollongbar, and provides twice daily flower deliveries to Ballina, Goonellabah and Lismore. We also provide daily flower deliveries to Lennox Head, Bangalow and Evans head and most locations in between such as Suffolk Park, Wardell, Pearces Creek, Meerschaum Vale and Alstonvale. We deliver to most addresses in the Northern Rivers, including churches and cemeteries.

We also deliver to funeral services throughout the Northern Rivers, and work closely with Guardian Funerals in Ballina, Simplicity Funerals in Lismore and Parkview Funerals in Goonellabah and Ballina. 

 

If we can be of assistance, if you have questions or would like advice about the most appropriate sympathy flowers or funeral floral tribute, please get in touch. 

It would be our privilege to help you at this time.

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