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Floral Services

For decades, the nation’s florists have been encouraging gift givers to “say it with flowers!” And why not? Flowers are beautiful and they can brighten up a room in an instant. It’s no wonder some larger hospitals receive upwards of a few hundred flower arrangements each day, ranging from small planters to dozens of roses.

Spending time at a cancer center or in the cancer unit of a community hospital can be emotionally trying for patients at times so receiving a pick-me-up is always welcome. Anyone with malignant mesothelioma or any other type of cancer enjoys knowing that someone cares and is thinking about them, even if they can’t stop by to visit.

Appropriate Flowers for Hospital Patients

For cancer patients, including those undergoing mesothelioma surgery or those who may be experiencing complications due to pleural mesothelioma or any other type of the disease, hospital stays can be long and lonely.

So, when you’re choosing flowers for a cancer patient, think bright and cheerful. Colors will help liven up the white, sterile environment that is typical of most hospitals. Avoid arrangements that are all white or monotone colors and opt for daisies, sunflowers, mums, or any other varieties that come in a variety of vivid hues.

Seasonal arrangements are always a nice idea. If it’s close to Halloween, for example, send an orange and yellow arrangement in a pumpkin-shaped container. If Valentine’s Day is close-at-hand, look for something in shades of pink and red, perhaps in a pretty coffee mug that can be used after the patient leaves the hospital. If it’s Christmas, choose an arrangement that includes lots of evergreen and sparkly ornaments.

If you prefer an arrangement that will last longer, consider a planter, which contains various greens and maybe just a flower or two. With a little watering, these can last for months or years and can usually be enjoyed at home after the patient is released from the hospital.

Avoid Common Mistakes

When sending flowers to someone who is dealing with asbestos cancer or any other type of cancer, you’ll want to be sure that they are able to receive them. Often, if a patient is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) they cannot receive such gifts. In addition, depending on the person’s condition or if they are dealing with certain immune system problems, they may not be permitted to have flowers or plants in their room. Be sure to check before you make your purchase.

It’s also a good idea to avoid highly fragrant flowers like lilacs or freesia. Sometimes, individuals who are undergoing mesothelioma chemotherapy may have problems with nausea and flowers with a strong fragrance may make nausea worse. Opt for something fragrance-free in this case, including irises or daffodils. If there’s still a concern, check out a silk arrangement instead.

Most florists can assist in selecting appropriate arrangements for hospital patients. Those who operate a floral business near a particular hospital may also be familiar with any rules the hospital imposes in regards to sending flowers to their patients. Be sure to ask them for help in making the appropriate flower-sending decisions.

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