Types of Flowers Appropriate for Condolence Occasions
When sending condolence flowers, it is important to choose arrangements that are appropriate for the culture and occasion. Some of the most suitable options include:
- White flowers like lilies, orchids, roses or chrysanthemums convey purity peace and innocence. Lilies are a traditional choice. Their large blooms and sweet fragrance are meant to comfort the grieving. The delicate beauty of orchids also conveys your sympathy.
- Avoid bright colours like red or pink which may seem festive or cheerful. Stick with softer pastel colors or different shades of purple, blue or green.
- Mixed flower arrangements with various complementary blooms in condolence-appropriate hues are always a thoughtful choice. They offer comfort through the language of flowers. Condolence wreaths or stands are good options.
- Small potted plants, especially orchids which represent eternal life or white roses symbolising remembrance, also make lovely condolence gifts. They serve as a living reminder of the relationship with the departed.
In Singapore’s multi-cultural society, be sensitive to the religious and cultural beliefs of the bereaved family. For Buddhists, chrysanthemums, daisies and orchids are popular. Lilies are favoured by Christians. And for Taoists, white flowers without strong scents are recommended.
When in doubt, it is always best to check with the funeral organisers directly about any flower preferences, colour suggestions or other considerations to avoid offending or upsetting the family during their time of mourning. Your thoughtfulness and compassion will be greatly appreciated.
Where to Buy Condolence Flowers
When it comes to sending condolence flowers, use a reputable florist. Have your condolence flowers delivered by a florist that specialises in condolence and funeral flower arrangements. They will know the appropriate flowers, sizes and designs to use. They can also ensure quick and proper delivery to the service location.
The majority of local florists offer condolence flowers and flower arrangements that you can have them delivered. At Flower Addict, we offer condolence flower stands with white flowers and foliage including lilies, orchids, hydrangeas, roses and chrysanthemums. We deliver anywhere in Singapore with same-day delivery.
Flower Delivery Services
Using a local florist allows you to have condolence flowers delivered directly to the wake or funeral to express your heartfelt sympathies. Be sure to check the florist’s website for their condolence flower options and to place your order 1 to 2 days in advance if possible for the best selection and to ensure timely delivery.
How to Have Condolence Flowers Delivered
When sending condolence flowers in Singapore, there are a few things to keep in mind. The etiquette here is slightly different than in other places, so follow these tips to have your condolence flowers delivered properly.
- Choose appropriate types of flowers. As mentioned, some of the most common types of condolence flowers are white lilies, white orchids, and white roses. These flowers symbolise peace, purity and innocence. Avoid sending brightly coloured flowers, as this can seem inappropriate for the solemn occasion.
- Have the flowers delivered to the wake or funeral location. This allows the family to display the flowers during the service. Make sure to check if there are any restrictions on floral deliveries to the venue before placing your order.
- Include a sympathy card. A handwritten sympathy card expressing your condolences for the family’s loss should always accompany the flowers. Keep messages brief but heartfelt. You might say something like: “Our thoughts are with you in your time of grief. [Name] will be dearly missed.” Be sure to sign the card with your full name.
- Double-check details. When placing your order, double-check that you have the correct wake or funeral location, date and time. Get the full name of the deceased and the family member to whom the flowers should be addressed. Take the time to ensure all details are accurate to avoid any issues with your delivery during this difficult time.
FAQ: Common Questions About Sending Condolence Flowers
Are condolence flowers appropriate?
Absolutely. Sending flowers is a thoughtful way to express your sympathy for the loss of a loved one. Condolence flowers let the bereaved know you are thinking of them during this difficult time.
What kind of flowers should I send?
White flowers like lilies, orchids or roses are traditional and appropriate. Avoid bright colours. Include a condolence card expressing your sympathy.
When should I send the flowers?
Send condolence flowers as soon as possible after learning of the loss. The funeral and memorial service are appropriate times. Even if services have ended, sending flowers within the first week or two shows your support for the bereaved in their grief.
Where should I have the flowers delivered?
Have the flowers delivered directly to the wake or funeral. Be sure you have the correct address and full name of the recipient. If services have already ended, you can also send flowers to the place of residence. Include clear delivery instructions with the recipient’s name and address.
How much should I spend?
$100 to $250 is typical for condolence flowers in Singapore. You want to choose an arrangement that conveys your sincerity and sympathy. While you don’t need to spend a lot, avoid very small or inexpensive arrangements. Focus more on an appropriate message and high-quality, fresh flowers.
While cultural norms around expressing sympathy after a loss can vary greatly around the world, in Singapore the gesture is always appreciated. By following the etiquette tips we shared, you can send a flower offering that provides some comfort. The next time a friend or loved one suffers a loss, you will feel more at ease selecting and sending an appropriate condolence bouquet. Let the flowers do the talking and express what words cannot.