When someone that you know passes away, feeling sympathetic and showing your concern for the family often involves sending flowers to the funeral home. These tokens of sympathy are displayed through the visitation and service and are usually sent home with the deceased's closest relatives after the event is over. It can be difficult to find the words to say on the card included with a floral arrangement. If you want to send the most appropriate and effective message possible, there are a few simple rules that you should follow when you are filling out the floral card for a funeral.
1. State who the floral arrangement is for.
After a funeral, the arrangements and gifts sent to funeral homes are given to the closest relatives of the deceased, such as a spouse or child. If you have a specific intended recipient in mind, make sure you address the card to that person. Otherwise, the arrangement could be handed off to anyone.
2. Keep the message short and simple.
Just a few words is all that you will really have room for on a floral arrangement card, even though you may feel the need to say much more. Avoid cramming a lengthy message onto the card because it will likely be illegible.
3. Avoid generic statements.
Sending the most heartfelt message is about including a bit of personality. Generic sentiments that can be found on any sympathy card, such as: In Your Time of Great Loss or Remembering the Dear Departed, are not always the best choice. Instead include a few words about sending thoughts the recipient's way or just let someone know you are there if needed.
4. Don't forget to include your name.
Once the funeral services are over, it is common to send thank-you cards to those who sent flowers to the funeral home. As a courtesy, be sure to include your name on the card and maybe even a phone number where you can be reached for your address information.
5. Avoid making assumptions about religious beliefs.
Some common statements can insinuate specific religious affiliations and beliefs. For example, saying that a departed loved one is now in a better place could come across as an affiliation with a belief in the afterlife in some way. If you are unsure of the recipient's personal beliefs, avoid making statements on the card that could be seem as inappropriate or inconsiderate.