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Plants that Symbolise Sympathy

Plants that Symbolise Sympathy
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Loss is never easy. There is always some amount of regret and longing that has no way to be expressed now that they are gone. Fortunately, there are flowers. The right kind of flowers can express our feelings for the deceased and our sentiments towards the bereaved family.

Just make sure that the symbolism of the plant conveys the correct expression. Your choice should mirror the relationship you had with the person who has moved on.

If you are still unsure about your floral decision, here are tips about some plants that symbolise sympathy:

Lilies: The most preferred funeral flower of choice are lilies. They come in many colours but an occasion of sympathy demands the white lily. White lilies symbolise the innocence and purity of a soul and its transience. Occasions marked in the church always opt for lilies as they symbolise the radiance of soul and is closely associated with the Virgin Mary.

Peace Lily: Similar to lilies, this plant symbolises rebirth of the soul. The dark green leaves with white long-lasting flowers are almost perfect as a sympathy gesture. Potted plants of Peace Lily can be a remembrance token for bereaved families.

Orchids: White and pink orchids with their delicate stem and exquisite flowers symbolise that the love and friendship shared will last always. Their beauty and fragility are fitting expressions of farewell to a friend or partner.

Solidago (Goldenrod): This plant has a bright yellow energy that symbolises support during difficult times. Sympathy bouquets containing solidago convey encouragement and support that are a perfect gesture for the mourning.

Dahlia: These eye-catching flowers lend themselves to express sympathy beautifully. Red dahlias symbolise power and strength, showing a message of support to those in low points of life. Pink ones symbolise goodness, grace, and convey a message that a loved one is irreplaceable in your heart. The other colours of dahlia have strong meanings too but are not suitable for denoting sympathy.

Gladioli: They symbolise strong moral values and sincerity, making them a perfect choice for remembering peers and work associates. They come in different colours but they all have the same meaning that honours people with integrity. You cannot go wrong with this one.

Alstroemeria (Inca Lily): They celebrate an enduring friendship. It is said that its six petals symbolise— commitment, humour, empathy, patience, respect, and understanding. It is the perfect choice to remember close friends by.

Other than these, Hyacinths and Forget-Me-Nots are appropriate flowers that symbolise a deep longing while Magnolias symbolise perseverance. Then again, the tropical and bright Hibiscus symbolising quiet feminine strength and delicate beauty can be a sympathy marker for close and beloved female relations.

Sending Sympathy flowers and green plants that are used to symbolise rebirth, and spiritual themes like resurrection and immortality are always a heartfelt gesture. It is a beautiful way to honour the deceased and bring solace to the bereaved. Pick a flower that will describe your relation and say what’s in your heart for the final farewell.

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