I am not sure how to
sign the card. What should I say?
Most enclosure cards are pre-printed
with messages like "Deepest Sympathy" or "With Love and Sympathy."
All you need to do is sign your name. You should use your first and
last name to avoid confusion for the family. If there are a group of
names you should spell each one for the person taking the order to
make sure they have it correct.
We collected money among the people in our office to send flowers.
How do we sign the card?
You can sign it with the name of the
business or group or use the individual names on the card. Try and
keep the name list as concise as possible. You might want to get a
larger greeting card and have everyone sign it as you collect the
contributions. Then bring in the card to the flower shop and they
can attach it to the design you are sending.
The obituary says "In Lieu of flowers", But I still would like to
send flowers - is this appropriate?
Yes, flowers are also appropriate in
these situations. Many people choose to send a token remembrance to
the service or family home and also send a donation to the charity
am not certain where the service is being held. Can the florist help
If you have the name of the deceased
and the funeral home, most florists have the obituaries on hand to
check them. You can trust the florist to get the flowers to the
funeral on time.
Are there certain types of flowers that are not appropriate for
sending to a funeral?
Every flower when tastefully
arranged is appropriate for expressing sympathy. There are some
general guidelines which are followed.
For designs that are going
to a memorial or funeral service - larger flowers are
usually used to create dramatic tributes. They may include gladioli,
snapdragons, lilies, standard chrysanthemums, carnations and roses.
Small scale flowers in mid- to small
size designs are used for sending to the home. These may include
carnations, roses, spray roses, alstroemeria, lilies, daisies,
gerbera, liatris, delphinium and stock.