Death of someone whom you know is always painful, making you feel the urge to express your sympathies and condolences to the person who has lost a dear one. Flowers are personification of innocence and are invariably used to convey sympathies to the grieving family. However, funeral etiquette demands that sympathy flowers are not to be confused with funeral flowers. When you express your grief at a departed soul or sympathize with the family of the deceased, know the difference between sympathy flowers and funeral flowers.
The basic difference between sympathy flowers and funeral flowers lies in the very intent and purpose that the flowers are used for. When you send sympathy flowers, you express your solidarity with the family as well as the near and dear of the deceased. However, funeral flowers are to express your feeling towards the deceased person themselves, and not to the family of the departed soul.
Sympathy flowers are sent to the home of the deceased person, to express condolences to the family of the deceased. Funeral flowers are sent across to the church and never to the home of the deceased.
Timing plays an important role in the difference between sympathy flowers and funeral flowers. While funeral flowers are to be sent to the church as early as possible after the event of death, sympathy flowers could be sent even weeks and months later to the home of the deceased. In cases where news of the death has reached you only after a time gap, it is best to send sympathy flowers to the home of the deceased.
Sympathy flowers are meant to be placed at the entrance of the home of the deceased or at the table, and hence, could be an assortment of different flowers as well as colourful bouquets. Funeral flowers are mostly white in colour, larger in size, and are designed to be seen from any part of the church.