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What is the appropriate flower for sympathy?

Lilies are widely considered the traditional flower for sympathy due to their symbolic association with purity and the restoration of the soul of the departed to a state of innocence. White lilies, in particular, carry this meaning strongly, but other appropriate sympathy flowers include roses (white for reverence, red for love, pink for grace), chrysanthemums (representing grief in many European cultures), and orchids (symbolizing eternal love).

What color flower is for sympathy?

White is the most commonly chosen color for sympathy flowers because it symbolizes purity, peace, and condolence. However, other colors can also be appropriate depending on the message you wish to convey or the preferences of the deceased/family. Blue flowers represent calmness and comfort, pink flowers express remembrance and grace, while purple flowers signify respect and dignity.

What flowers to avoid for condolences?

While most flowers can be considered for sympathy gestures based on personal preferences and cultural backgrounds, there are a few general guidelines to avoid potential misinterpretations. Highly vibrant or overly festive flowers, such as bright red or orange blooms, might not always be appropriate due to their association with joyous occasions. It’s also wise to avoid flowers that might have specific meanings in certain cultures that are unrelated to mourning or consolation.

How much should I spend on sympathy flowers?

The amount you should spend on sympathy flowers depends on your relationship with the deceased or bereaved and your budget. There's no need to overspend to show your feelings; thoughtfulness is key. A simple but beautiful bouquet can be just as meaningful as a more elaborate arrangement. On average, people spend between $50 and $125 on sympathy flowers and plants, though smaller gestures are also appreciated.

Do flowers help with grief? A grief therapist perspective

From a grief therapist’s perspective, flowers can indeed help with grief. They serve as a visual reminder of the support and love from friends and family, helping to lessen feelings of isolation. The natural beauty of flowers may also offer a temporary respite from grief, providing a moment of peace and reflection. Moreover, caring for a live plant can give the bereaved a sense of purpose and connection to the living world.

Is it appropriate to send a sympathy card?

Yes, sending a sympathy card is absolutely appropriate and a meaningful way to express condolences. It allows you to articulate your feelings and offer comfort to the bereaved during their time of loss. A sympathy card can be sent on its own or accompany a bouquet of flowers. The important part is to convey your message of support and empathy thoughtfully and respectfully.


Introducing Walden Floral Design's selection of sympathy floral arrangements and plants, carefully crafted by our experienced florists to offer comfort and condolences during difficult times.  

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The professionals at Walden Floral Design understand that this is a difficult time, and our florists are here to help you choose the perfect arrangement or plant to express your condolences. We offer delivery service to local funeral homes, churches, and homes, and we can also work with you to create a custom arrangement or plant that reflects the personality and style of your loved one.


Our sympathy floral arrangements are designed to express your deepest sympathies with grace and elegance. We offer a wide variety of options, from traditional funeral sprays and wreaths to more modern and contemporary designs, all made with the freshest and highest-quality flowers.

We offer a selection of sympathy plants, such as peace lilies, which are known for their ability to purify the air and bring a sense of calm and serenity. These plants also make a beautiful and long-lasting tribute, and can be delivered to the recipient's home as a reminder of your thoughtfulness.

Our sympathy floral arrangements and plants are a beautiful way to honor and remember your loved one, express sympathy to an employee, co-worker, neighbor or friend.  Our florists work with you to create something special that truly offers your deepest condolences.

Come see why so many customers choose Walden Floral Design for their sympathy arrangement needs.

Funeral Homes We Service

Local funeral homes and services that Walden Floral Design frequently works with include, but not limited to:

Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home

4343 Main St

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Funeral Home

5015 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL 60532

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Hallowell & James Funeral Home

301 75th St

Downers Grove, IL 60516

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Cappetta's West Suburban Funeral Home

4920 Main St,

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Order a funeral plant, funeral wreath, funeral spray or other sympathy gift from a highly recommended, dependable and reliable hometown florist!

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