With the loss of a relative or close friend, it can often be difficult to ascertain exactly what to say or do. Words may be hard to find, and we may wonder which gifts or flowers are appropriate for us to send. Sometimes, we are processing our own grief while trying to make decisions which can also be hard. Because this can be a difficult time for everyone involved, Central Square Florist would like to offer some basic sympathy etiquette which may help you during this emotional time. Please know that our staff is here to assist in any way that we can.
- Send a card as soon as you hear the news. If you knew the deceased but not the family, send the card to the closest living relative, making sure to sign your first and last name, and print your return address on the back.
- Sending flowers is considered customary and will express sentiments without having to find the right words. If you send flowers to the funeral home, a standing wreath, spray or cross is appropriate. Please note that these formal arrangements should not be sent to a private residence.
- If you were not able to send flowers before the services, having a bouquet of flowers or green plant sent to the family home is considered proper and appropriate. If you are stopping by, you may wish to also bring a home cooked meal or some food for them to offer to guests.
- Gladioli are considered traditional when sending sympathy florals, but any flower or color is acceptable. For instance, if you know the deceased’s favorite flower, you can create a custom arrangement utilizing that bloom.
Why Gladioli? The gladiolus flower, also known as the sword lily, is so named for its unique elongated shape that resembles a warriors sword. The flower has come to signify strength of moral character, integrity, loyalty and remembrance.
Central Square Florist is privileged to work with you in selecting the right flowers to memorialize your loved one, and will deliver them to any local Cambridge or Boston funeral home. We are sorry for your loss.