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Flowers are a very popular sympathy gift, and for a good reason: flowers are beautiful, elegant, and they imbue a sense of calm with their pleasant fragrance. While flowers are often a perfectly acceptable way to express your compassion during someone’s time of grief, they can be overwhelming for the family. Sometimes grieving families are overloaded with more flowers, far more than they can display at the funeral or memorial service. Also, flower arrangements can get expensive.

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Here are some creative and affordable options to send to grieving families in lieu of the traditional flower arrangement.

1. Potted Plants

While an arrangement of cut flowers in a vase will eventually die, a potted plant or tree is a living thing that can represent hope and growth in a time of struggle. Consider the family’s circumstances when purchasing a tree or plant as a sympathy gift: do they live in an apartment with a sunny spot for a small plant? Perhaps you could give them an easy house plant like a ficus or fern. Do they have a yard where a large tree could be transplanted? A larger gift of a potted, young oak or maple might be perfect. Succulents also make beautiful, easy-to-care for gifts and they come in all shapes and sizes.

You can even personalize this gift by placing a small stone with the deceased’s name or initials beneath the plant.

2. Photos

It’s very possible, depending on how close you were with the deceased, that you have a selection of photos of the person that the family has never seen. These new images can be extremely heartwarming in a time of grief and it’s easier than ever to create photo books and albums directly from your phone, where most of us carry our photos.

The app Mosaic allows you to print a 7 inch by 7 inch softcover photo book with 20 photos. Prices start at $25. Social Print Studio has a similar deal with a larger book and a few more photos. For about $17, Artifact Uprising will print a 5.5 inch booklet with up to 40 photos chosen from you phone album or Instagram account.

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We understand that funeral planning can be difficult and the Hutchison Funeral Home is here to help. For over 35 years, we have been providing families in the Metro Detroit area with dignified services that are personal, respectful, and affordable. Our team will work with you to provide personalized recommendations that will fit your vision and your budget. We are here to listen to your needs and wishes. Together, we can create the funeral service that your loved one deserves.

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