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Appropriate Funeral Flowers
Funeral and Sympathy Flowers are an integral part of the funeral process and have been a memorial tradition throughout history. Choosing an appropriate floral arrangement can communicate a very personal and symbolic message to grieving friends and loved ones. In times of mourning, there are few things to ease the loss of losing a loved one. The floral arrangement that you choose will express your sympathy to the family in a comforting and compassionate way.
Knowing what flowers are appropriate to send for funerals and in times of sympathy is important. Our expert florists at Coleraine Florists are always on hand to offer help and advice when choosing the perfect tribute.
What is the most appropriate arrangement?
Typically a wreath is the most popular choice for funerals. Most people will request a wreath to be made up to a certain value using appropriate flowers. Funeral flowers are also available in sprays, cushions and pillows. Bespoke arrangements such as teddy bear based arrangements are also available as are casket creations.
Wreath - A floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life.
Spray - Flowers designed for viewing from one side only.
Hearts & Cushions – flowers designed in the shapes of hearts and cushions.
Special Tributes – specially designed in the shapes of crosses, Teddy Bears.
What is the appropriate amount to spend?
The amount to spend on a wreath or other floral arrangement really depends on the person. Most florists are willing to accommodate any budget. Often groups or friends, organisations or work colleagues will club together and get one large arrangement which can be very special and make a larger showing.
What are the most suitable flower colours to include?
White is the colour of mourning in many cultures and religions. Blue is comforting and calming. Yellow symbolizes friendship. And purple expresses admiration. Often people request bright colours. Colour preferences vary and our florists will be happy to recommend something that is suitable.
What flower types are appropriate?
Carnations are one of the most popular choices for sympathy arrangements. A red carnation evokes admiration while a pink carnation stands for remembrance. White carnations stand for pure love and innocence. Lillie's, roses and gerbera are also popular choices.
If you can't make it to the funeral, can you can send flowers to the family at home?
Flowers for a funeral do not have to be sent directly to the funeral home. It is perfectly acceptable to send flowers to the family's home. This is the time to express your sympathy for the family of the deceased and sending your arrangement directly to their home might even give it a more personal feel.
What to do for a cremation?
Cremation is becoming more and more common nowadays and many people are confused about proper flower etiquette. The truth is that just because there's no body doesn't mean you shouldn't send those flowers. The whole point of sending funeral flowers is to express your sympathy for the family of the deceased.
What message should I include on the card?
A personal note in remembrance of the deceased in usually included. A praise or tribute is usually expressed or simply a note to say 'we are thinking of you' message with the flowers would be especially nice for the family. Any support you can offer will let the family know you care. Be sure to write who it is from so that the family knows the sender.
Would it be alright to send flowers if the death notice mentions a charitable donation?
Yes, flowers help say what is often difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste. Flowers also play a functional role, adding warmth to the service and providing the visible emotional support that the family needs during this time.
How do I know what to ask for with my florist?
Your florist is the expert, so you don't have to be. He or she will be happy to guide you. Please call 028 7032 6655 to speak to an expert funeral florist.