Flowers represent emotions such as love, friendship and care, which is why people often give them at weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. However, you can also use them for somber and sad occasions such as deaths or burial ceremonies to show compassion, spread hope and give strength to the deceased's family. These arrangements represent your love and respect for the deceased and his family. Sympathy floral arrangements resemble traditional floral arrangements, but contain white or subtle-colored blooms.
Visualize what you want the floral arrangement to look like, so you purchase the required amount of fresh flowers. Keep the stems the same lengths for a uniform arrangement, or cut them at varying lengths to make a rounded arrangement that is visually pleasing and enhances appeal.
Purchase 12 to 14 gladiolas, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, irises, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, spider mums or white roses, along with greenery such as baby's breath or ferns from your local florist.
Fill your vase with water until it is 2/3 full and follow label directions to add a floral-nutrient solution to it so the flowers remain fresh for several days.
Hold a flower stem behind the vase, keeping its end on the table, and determine its appropriate height. Keep the flowers in the center of the arrangement taller than the surrounding flowers. Use sharp scissors to make a sharp cut at the end of each stem, at an angle.
Place five to six central flowers in the vase and spread them slightly so their blooms do not touch. Cut stem length of the remaining flowers and add each, in turn, to the vase, positioning them around the central tall flowers. Work toward an even spread, and keep stepping back to review your work as you add the flowers.
Add stems of ferns or baby's breath to the vase, around the flowers. These fillers frame the floral arrangement and give it structure and a well-rounded look. You can also add a few stems of trailing greenery such as Ming fern or seeded eucalyptus to the outer rim.
Wind a wide white, pink or blue ribbon around the vase and knot it in a bow. Insert a plain or pearl-tipped pin in the center of the bow to prevent it from coming loose and unraveling.