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Buying Flowers.

I have a co-worker who's wife is in hospice care right now. She is dying of cancer and her prognosis is less than three weeks. It is extra shitty considering that his mother just died not but 5 days ago.

I don't know the guy very well (works in a different department) but I have worked with his wife for quite a while and she is really a very nice woman, and he very nice gentleman. I feel sorry for the guy since he and his wife have no children or close relatives. He is an only child and she is from Thailand. I can tell just talking to him that he is very down-and-out about the whole situation.

So here comes were I would like to buy them some flowers. This hits kind of hard to home because my own father passed away from cancer a few years ago. One of the office ladies at my old work was kind enough to have delivered some flowers to my house and also send a bouquet to the funeral home. I know at the time it made me feel better than someone I didn't even know that well was kind enough to go through the trouble of buying some flowers for me and my family.

My question is thus: would I be out of line buying some flowers for them? As I said I don't know the guy particularly well, only met him in passing a couple of times. I just think it seems like a nice gesture.

If I do buy them flowers where would be a good place to order them from? I'd like to have them delivered to work if possible. Also what kind of flowers should one purchase?
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It wouldn't be out of place. Just go for it, they'll appreciate it. I can't really say what to buy for this situation though.

Best way to order flowers is to call a local florist. All the internet companies gouge you horribly.
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awesome idea
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thats very kind of you
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good for you liquid table. looks like you're not such a huge shit head after all.
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you could always pool the resources of the people in your department and send a very nice bouquet from all of you.
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call a florist and tell them what you want (sympathy/funeral arrangement) and how much you want to spend, they'll do the rest. just so you don't end up with daffodils or something.
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Thats very sweet of you :-) I'm with Mandres; if you feel that it might be a bit out of line sending them yourself, you can send the flowers as a group.
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Let the florist handle it. And the group idea is a great one.



edit: Since she is from Thailand, ask the florist if they have or know of any special Thai flowers, A nice personal touch and a touch of the old country can go a LONG WAY
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This hits kind of hard to home because my own father passed away from cancer a few years ago. One of the office ladies at my old work was kind enough to have delivered some flowers to my house and also send a bouquet to the funeral home. I know at the time it made me feel better than someone I didn't even know that well was kind enough to go through the trouble of buying some flowers for me and my family.

My question is thus: would I be out of line buying some flowers for them? As I said I don't know the guy particularly well, only met him in passing a couple of times. I just think it seems like a nice gesture.


Looks to me like you just answered your own questions. Just do it. I don't think anyone's ever gotten pissed off by getting flowers or a similar gesture from someone at a difficult time.

You may want to reach out to him after his wife dies as well, since you mentioned he doesn't have anyone else around really. After the hubbub of the funeral, etc. dies down, maybe take him out for a beer or something.
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I have used some of the internet companies while deployed to send mother day flowers. I got rave reviews about the flowers from ftd.com. Just my experience but if you're looking for specific flowers, i'd go with the recommendations for a local person.
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It wouldn't be out of place. Just go for it, they'll appreciate it. I can't really say what to buy for this situation though.

Best way to order flowers is to call a local florist. All the internet companies gouge you horribly.

Plus, when I managed a flower shop, we used the old flowers for internet orders. We figured the purchaser wouldn't see them. Rarely did we get complaints.

When I used to send a friend of mine flowers in Texas, I'd look up local flower shops in Texas and talk to them. They'd give me a better deal and they knew I knew were to look them up if they screwed up.
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This thread just cost me $42. Ordered 2 dozen roses from ProFlowers to be delivered to my wife tomorrow.
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Word of advice expensive roses are always worth the extra money because they last so much longer.
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