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The Symbolism of Sympathy Plants

Sending a plant for service, memorial or wake, as well as the home of the bereaved, is always appropriate. Understanding the symbolism of plants can help you express your sympathy.

Peace Lily. Traditionally, a white lily symbolizes purity and innocence. A lily represents the rebirth of the soul, in which the deceased transcends the complexity of life and can be appreciated for his or her true self.

The Peace Lily is a leafy green plant with a small long-lasting white flower. Sending a Peace Lily is an appropriate gesture for any sympathy situation. It comes in many sizes making it appropriate for a funeral service, wake, or as a personal gesture to the bereaved.

Orchid. The orchid’s delicate stem and exquisite flower symbolizes the fragility and beauty of life.

Sending a white orchid is a beautiful way to honor the deceased and bring solace to the bereaved. Its small scale and subtle detail make it an appropriate gift that is sent as a personal gesture to the bereaved.

Rose. The rose is considered to be the most beautiful of flowers. Its color, form and fragrance are beloved by so many. The rose is also a traditional symbol of love and friendship.

Each color offers a distinct meaning: red symbolizes romantic love; white symbolizes humility and innocence; yellow expresses friendship and joy; pink show gratitude, appreciation and admiration.

Many people like to send roses to a funeral service or wake to signal their love – romantic and platonic - for the deceased. Sending a rose tells the bereaved that the deceased was well loved – which brings comfort and peace.

Green Plant. A green plant is nature itself. In virtually all cultures, green has traditionally been used to symbolize nature, namely those of life, fertility, and rebirth and spiritual themes like resurrection and immortality.

Sending a green plant in a sympathy situation is always appropriate and beautiful gesture. Sending a green plant is especially appropriate if the deceased was a nature lover, or in a business situation when you are unsure of the deceased family’s personal beliefs and values.

Bonsai. Bonsai represents a harmony between man, nature and the soul. Bonsai is a meditative art. The plant is shaped to accentuate the trunk, branch and leaf to represent larger natural tree forms in a diminutive scale.

Sending a bonsai is a beautiful way to honor the deceased and bring solace to the bereaved. It is especially appropriate if the deceased was known for his wisdom or thoughtful nature. Its small scale and subtle detail make it an appropriate gift that is sent as a personal gesture to the bereaved.