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Sympathy Flowers - Boxed? That's a Big NG

If you've read my blog before you know how I feel about funeral flowers. Yes, those obituaries sometimes say "In Lieu of Flowers" and you all know, that it does not mean not to send flowers. It merely means if you want to make a donation, yadda, yadda.

You know that floral tributes not only express your sympathy for the grieving but don't you think the funeral home looks very sad if there were no flowers there? Sending flowers for funerals is a tradition that goes back ages and the reason is that it helps folks know you care, flowers make them feel loved, make it known the person who has passed was loved. It helps make the funeral more bearable. This blog is not about that. It's about NOT sending flowers that arrive to the funeral home in a box!

We are not against ProFlowers, who just happens to be pictured here. They are not the only ones that sell flowers delivered in the mail. FTD and 1800flowers sell those, among others.  This blog aims to make you aware of what you are buying when you are ordering flowers. As in the picture above, what happens to these flowers sent by a caring person who wanted to help express their sympathy wishes? Is the box of flowers given to the family to take home? Are they displayed at the viewing? If so, who removes the box, adds water to the vase and then arranges them for the service.

As a full service, retail floral designer, I don't really like flowers that arrive in a box but that aside, when sending a gift, really make it a gift. This blog is a gentle reminder to order flowers from a local florist -  hand crafted, designed and delivered.

To see more of our floral designs visit our website at www.sendingsmiles.com and www.sendingsympathy.com
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