Post # 1
My friend’s father passed away around this time last year. He was very young (50) and it was very sudden. My friend has had a very hard time moving on and still struggles daily. I would like to send her flowers to let her know that I am thinking of her (and her mom, who she lives with) So these really wouldn’t be sympathy flowers…but I don’t want to send something too “cheerful” either (if that makes sense)
I was thinking a fall-toned bouquet, or maybe even a nice plant…? I saw some beautiful orange mums on 1-800-Flowers.
Anyway, I’m terrible at this type of thing so any suggestions are welcome.
Post # 3
how about something with a sunflower? i like the fall colors idea too!
Post # 4
I always ask the florist what they suggest and they are really good they will do subtle colours and even will make the bouquet more masculine!
Post # 5
I think fall flowers would be beautiful, but I also don’t think that cheerful flowers would be inappropriate, especially if accompanied by a nice “I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you this time of year” note. You’re a great friend!
Post # 6
I always prefer a donation in honor of the person. Did her dad have a favorite charity or cause he was devoted to? Or did he pass away from a condition that has a society, like the American Cancer Society or something?
Often you can make the donation online and they will send notification to the family that it’s in honor of their loved one.
Post # 7
@rosychicklet: That’s a wonderful idea, but none of us (her group of friends) know how her dad passed away. Unfortunately I also have no idea if there was any charity he supported, and obviously I wouldn’t want to ask her. I will keep this in mind for other instances though…thank you.
Post # 8
Oh, you are so thoughtful.
When my brother died, my mom was given some lovely houseplants to set on her windowsill-in very nice ceramic pots. They were like, the pretty ferns. I agree that flowers can be too “cheery” but we received 2 dozen white roses from my sorority (which is what we do when one of our members has this sort of tragedy). White roses are always nice but not cheery like colorful daisies. My mom actually really loves those houseplants (it’s been 1.5 years and she still has them) and always says “oh, J is such a good friend” and waters it lovingly. My mom doesn’t even like plants…