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In a time of grief, words often fail us. We want to express our heartfelt sympathy, but finding the gift that can share our sentiments and provide comfort is not always easy. There are a number of different ways to share your sympathy with a gift.
A Gift of Sympathy for the Home or Office
One of the most beautiful ways to show how much you care is with a sympathy gift of flowers. It is appropriate for anyone to send the gift of a floral basket, arrangement, or plant to the home or office of the bereaved. Sending your gift to the family's residence can be done at any time to express your sympathy. You may send a gift immediately or after the chaos of memorial services is over and some time has passed since the loss. A sympathy gift sent later can provide a much needed reminder to the bereaved family that friends are still thinking about and supporting them through their grieving process.

Making a Charitable Gift
It is increasingly common for families to request a gift to a charitable foundation "in lieu of flowers." While wanting to comply with the family's wishes, many of us still would like to send a gift that acts as a tangible reminder of our sympathy and support. Making a charitable contribution in addition to a gift of flowers allows you to honor the family's request while still expressing the message of sympathy that you feel.
A Gift for the Service
Throughout history and various cultures, flowers have played a role in funeral traditions. During a funeral or memorial service, flowers add warmth and beauty to the atmosphere. Flowers also provide a visible sign of the sympathy and support that surrounds those who grieve.

Flowers to be placed on the casket are generally the gift of immediate family members. If you wish to provide this kind of tribute, consult the family before sending your gift. It is appropriate for relatives to send standing sprays, baskets, and wreaths. If you are sending a gift to express your sympathy as part of a group of co-workers, friends, or on behalf of a company, a larger floral wreath, standing spray, or basket is appropriate. When sending the gift of flowers to funeral services for a friend, choose a basket, plant, or arrangement.

If you would like the family to be able to take the arrangement home with them after the service, a basket, smaller arrangement, or plant is an excellent choice. This type of gift is easier for the family to transport and more suitable for display in a home.

Arrangements for the service require special care and attention. When ordering, please allow 6 business hours for the arrangement to be florist designed and delivered as requested.

Sending Sympathy Gifts
No matter what type of sympathy gift you choose to send, FTD will ensure that your gift is delivered with care and sensitivity. Our nationwide network of florists allows us to deliver your gift at the peak of freshness and with expertise particular to local funeral homes and customs. Choose FTD to send your gift and share your message of comfort, remembrance, and hope.

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