Greene-SympathyFlagHave you heard the phrase, “Say it with flowers?” There is a reason for the phrase — flowers really do help people say things that are often difficult to put into words. One of the hardest things to say is, “I am so sorry for your loss.” Words don’t seem to be enough. As a florist, there’s a special skill in listening to another human being express to you the need to tell someone how they feel. We are turning those feelings into flowers. When we do it well it makes us feel that we chose the right profession because we’re helping another person. Every story can be told with flowers when it comes to sympathy design.

A gentleman came into my shop recently. His daughter is a Marine serving in the Middle East and while she is overseas fighting for our freedom, her beloved grandfather, a veteran, passed away. Because she couldn’t be there, she asked her father to pick out flowers to send to the service. The gentleman asked me to create a patriotic flower arrangement to convey his daughter’s pride as a Marine and granddaughter of a veteran. I created a beautiful red, white and blue flag tribute for the service. The next day, the gentleman told me the floral tribute brought tears of joy and pride to those who attended the service. He had sent his daughter a cell phone picture of the tribute, and she was the proudest of all.

For an Avid GardenerIn another instance, a woman remembered her mother as an avid gardener who loved orange lilies. She was in the garden club and very active in the community so the funeral tribute needed to be special. The arrangement needed to say, “I love you and I miss you, and I will always have lilies and flowers around me to remember you.” So I created a garden-style tribute in a comforting circular shape.

These are just two examples of remembrances personalized to meaningfully pay tribute to a loved one. When you order flowers, tell your florist about the person you’re ordering them for and share happy memories. Your florist can create a floral tribute to capture your loved one’s personality and offer comfort to those who see it.