Types of Sympathy & Funeral Flower Arrangements

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Types of Sympathy and Funeral Flower Arrangements

In times of sorrow, expressing condolences and offering comfort becomes a priority, and what better way to convey heartfelt sympathies than through the timeless language of flowers. At Lily's Florist, Australia, we understand the profound impact a carefully chosen floral arrangement can have. This guide aims to navigate you through the various types of sympathy flower arrangements, each uniquely suited to honour a loved one's memory or show support to those grieving. From the traditional wreaths symbolising eternal life to the personal touch of bouquets, we cover the essentials to help you select the most appropriate floral tribute. Whether you're looking to send a message of love, respect, or consolation, Lily's Florist's expertise ensures your sentiments are beautifully expressed through our range of sympathy flower arrangements.

  • Wreaths: Symbolising eternal life, wreaths are a traditional choice for expressing sympathy, offering a circle of life representation.
  • Sprays: Versatile and visually striking, sprays provide a dignified tribute at funerals and memorial services, suitable for standing or casket presentations.
  • Bouquets: Offering a personal touch, bouquets are intimate expressions of sympathy, ideal for sending directly to the bereaved's home.
  • Alternative Arrangements: From heart-shaped designs to bespoke tributes, exploring creative ways to personalise your expression of condolence.

Lily's Florist Expertise: Highlighting our commitment to helping you choose the perfect floral tribute to convey your condolences and respect.

Wreaths: Circular Symbols of Eternal Life

Wreaths hold a special place in the realm of sympathy flower arrangements, symbolising the cycle of life and the eternal nature of the soul. At Lily's Florist, we craft our wreaths with a deep understanding of their significance, selecting blooms that not only convey respect and remembrance but also provide comfort to those who are mourning.

sympathy Wreaths

The Significance of Wreaths

Traditionally, wreaths are circular arrangements made of flowers, leaves, and sometimes herbs, representing eternal life and the unending cycle of life and death. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, serves as a poignant reminder of life's continuity even in the face of loss. In Australia, as in many cultures around the world, wreaths are a common and respected way to honour the deceased during funeral services, memorial services, and graveside ceremonies.

Choosing the Right Wreath

When selecting a wreath for sympathy purposes, it's important to consider both the aesthetic and symbolic aspects. Lily's Florist offers a variety of wreaths, each designed to express sympathy and respect beautifully. 

Here are a few tips for choosing a wreath:

  • Flower Selection: Opt for flowers that convey the right emotions. White lilies represent purity and sympathy, roses denote love and grief, and native Australian blooms like waratahs and banksias add a personal touch that honours the individual's heritage.
  • Size and Design: The size of the wreath should be appropriate for the setting. Larger wreaths are suitable for public spaces or as a centrepiece, while smaller wreaths can be more personal and intimate.
  • Personalisation: Adding a personal touch, such as incorporating the deceased's favourite flowers or colours, can make the wreath even more meaningful.

At Lily's Florist, we're committed to helping you find the perfect floral tribute to express your condolences. Our selection of wreaths is crafted with care, understanding, and respect for the sentiments involved. We offer a range of options, from traditional designs to more modern interpretations, ensuring that your floral tribute perfectly encapsulates your feelings of sympathy and respect.

Sprays: A Versatile Tribute

Funeral sprays are a distinctive and versatile form of sympathy flower arrangement, offering a way to beautifully convey respect and remembrance. Unlike the circular wreath, sprays are typically presented in a more elongated shape, allowing for a variety of styles and presentations. At Lily's Florist, we understand the importance of selecting the right spray to express your condolences, with options that range from traditional to contemporary designs.

sympathy Sprays

Overview of Spray Arrangements

Sprays can be displayed in several ways, including standing sprays, which are often placed on an easel beside the casket or at the entrance of the service venue, and casket sprays, which rest directly on the casket. Their elongated form provides a visually striking tribute that guides the eye along the beauty of the arrangement, highlighting the individual flowers and the overall expression of sympathy.

Choosing the Right Spray

Selecting the appropriate spray involves considering the relationship with the deceased and the intended message of condolence. Here are some aspects to consider:

  • Type of Service: Standing sprays are suitable for most services, providing a backdrop of beauty and respect. Casket sprays, however, are typically chosen by close family members as a final tribute.
  • Flower Choices: Each flower carries its own meaning. For example, orchids symbolise eternal love, while carnations are often associated with remembrance. Including Australian natives in your spray can add a personal and local touch.
  • Colour Scheme: Colours convey emotions; white for purity and peace, red for love and grief, and pastel shades for softness and remembrance. Lily's Florist offers guidance in selecting a colour scheme that reflects your sentiments and honours the memory of the loved one.

Our team at Lily's Florist is here to assist you in choosing or customising the perfect spray arrangement. With our deep knowledge of floral symbolism and a wide selection of fresh, high-quality flowers, we ensure that your tribute is both beautiful and meaningful. Whether you prefer a traditional design or something uniquely personal, we are dedicated to helping you express your condolences in the most fitting way.

Bouquets: Personal and Intimate Expressions of Sympathy

Sympathy bouquets offer a deeply personal way to convey condolences, carrying the warmth of personal connection and the depth of shared memories. At Lily's Florist, we specialise in creating bouquets that resonate with heartfelt compassion and understanding, ensuring that your message of support and sympathy is felt by those who grieve.

sympathy Bouquets

The Personal Touch of Bouquets

Unlike the more formal wreaths and sprays typically used at funeral services, bouquets are versatile and intimate, suitable for sending directly to the homes of the bereaved. They serve as a gentle reminder of support and thoughtfulness, offering comfort during and after the initial period of mourning.

Selecting the Right Bouquet

Choosing the right bouquet involves consideration of the recipient's tastes, the message you wish to convey, and the types of flowers that best express sympathy. Here are some guidelines to help you select a meaningful bouquet:

  • Flower Types: Soft, soothing flowers like chrysanthemums, which symbolise grief and lamentation, and white roses, representing reverence and humility, are popular choices. Incorporating the deceased's favourite flowers or colours can add a personal touch that speaks volumes.
  • Colour Palette: Opt for subdued, calming colours to convey sympathy. Whites and pastels are traditional, but soft shades of purple, blue, and green can also offer solace and reflect a sense of peace.
  • Presentation: Elegance in presentation matters. Lily's Florist bouquets are arranged with care and delivered with sensitivity, ensuring they provide comfort to the receiver in their time of need.

Alternative Sympathy Flower Arrangements

In addition to wreaths, sprays, and bouquets, there are several alternative sympathy flower arrangements that offer unique ways to express condolences and remembrance. At Lily's Florist, we encourage creativity and personalisation in selecting flowers that truly reflect the essence of the departed and the bond shared with them. These alternatives include heart-shaped arrangements, crosses, and bespoke designs that cater to individual preferences and sentiments.

sympathy standing sprays

Heart-Shaped Arrangements

Heart-shaped flower arrangements symbolise love and the enduring connection between the bereaved and the deceased. They are a poignant tribute, often chosen by close family members or significant others to represent their undying love.


Floral crosses are a powerful symbol of faith and spirituality, offering comfort to those with Christian beliefs. They represent hope, resurrection, and the belief in eternal life, providing solace to grieving families by reminding them of their faith's promises.

Bespoke Designs

For those looking for a highly personalised tribute, bespoke designs allow for the incorporation of elements that were significant to the deceased or the relationship shared. This could include specific flowers, colours, or even incorporating non-floral elements that reflect the individual's hobbies, passions, or life's work. If you require something more customised please call one of our friendly staff on 1800466534.

Choosing the Right Alternative Arrangement

When selecting an alternative sympathy flower arrangement, consider the message you wish to convey, the preferences of the deceased and their families, and the context in which the arrangement will be displayed. Lily's Florist experts are here to guide you through this process, ensuring that your tribute is meaningful, respectful, and reflective of deep personal connections.

Our dedication at Lily's Florist extends to providing not just flowers, but a means to express the unspoken emotions of loss, love, and respect. With our wide range of alternative sympathy flower arrangements, we are committed to helping you find the perfect way to express your condolences and celebrate the life of your loved one.

Further Reading

To further explore the nuances of conveying condolences and selecting appropriate floral tributes, Lily's Florist offers a wealth of knowledge through our latest blog posts. Delve into the subtle differences between sympathy and funeral flowers in Understanding Sympathy vs. Funeral Flowers, where we clarify the intentions and best practices behind each type of arrangement, ensuring your floral gesture is both meaningful and appropriate. For those attending or arranging a service, our article on Funeral Service Flower Etiquette provides invaluable guidance on choosing flowers that honour the deceased's memory while respecting cultural and personal preferences. Additionally, our piece on the Symbolic Meaning of Funeral Flowers offers insight into how different blooms can convey a range of emotions and messages, from love and respect to hope and remembrance. These resources are designed to assist you in navigating the complexities of floral etiquette during times of mourning, reaffirming Lily's Florist's commitment to helping you express your condolences in the most respectful and heartfelt manner.


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