Sympathy Flowers at a Glance
The History of Sympathy Flowers at a Glance
We all love giving and receiving flowers, and take every opportunity to send them out. They are the perfect way to convey a message even when you aren’t with the recipient. While we send flowers to celebrate happy moments most of the time, flowers are also a great way to convey sympathy. The first impulse when a friend loses a loved one is to comfort them and let them know they don’t have to deal with the loss alone. One of the best ways to convey this to them is by sending them an arrangement of sympathy flowers. This tradition is an old one that started long before the 19th Century.
Throughout the years, stories have surfaced all over the world about fossilized remnants of flowers and plants found in graveyards in archeological digs. The question surrounding each fine is: were these flowers put there intentionally? If so, were they meant as sympathy flowers? The common agreement is that flowers were put at graveside after burial to symbolize goodbyes, grief, and remembrance. However, without access to authentic historical records, it’s hard to determine the accurate date when this tradition first came to being. The most accurate finding so far was on Mount Carmel, Israel, which indicates that sympathy flowers may date back as far as 12,000 years ago.
While some things cannot be fixed, it helps to know that someone is there for you or shares your feelings. This is why people send funeral and sympathy flowers to their loved ones—to put a smile on their faces and to know that they aren’t fighting their battles alone. In many ways, funeral flowers are similar to sympathy flowers, with the only difference being that funeral flowers are meant to be placed on the grave as a sign of honor and remembrance.
If you are unsure of what to send, it’s always a good idea to talk to the professionals at Faith Based Revenue. Their flowers program specializes in funeral flowers, and they can give you good advice on the appropriate arrangement. This organization is non-profit, which means that 20% of its proceeds are donated to churches and their causes, e.g., food pantries, homeless shelters, retired priests, pastors, nuns, and seminarians.
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