What is an appropriate sympathy gesture to send for cremations?

Families that select cremation often choose to have an accompanying service to honor the life that was lived. These services can range from a small private viewing prior to the cremation to a memorial service after the cremation, or an informal family gathering in someone’s home. Flowers are appropriate and welcome gesture at any of these events and all styles of arrangements can be incorporated. If no services have been scheduled, sending a vase bouquet, plant or container garden to the home of a friend or family member is equally appropriate. Sending a food basket or similar condolence gift to the loved one at home is also an appropriate way to express your sympathy.