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Wednesday June 11th 2014

5 Non-Traditional Funeral Flowers

When you think of funeral flowers, chances are good that you imagine standing sprays of lilies, gladiolas, roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums in white or pastel colors. Perhaps you would like to consider something different for your loved one who has passed on. Fresh flowers at a funeral have always been a way to express love, sympathy, and memories in a way that words cannot; they still are, but in today's world, we are not limited to traditional funeral flowers. In modern times, there are no inappropriate funeral flowers, and I think this helps us to express and communicate feelings even more accurately. For example, brightly colored bouquets can celebrate a person who was cheerful and vibrant in life; exotic flowers can represent a person who loved to travel; a sunflower arrangement can serve to honor someone who loved to grow sunflowers. Here are five non-traditional funeral flowers you may want to consider.

Bird of Paradise 

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Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Tuesday November 19th 2013

What to do if Your Forget to Send Funeral Flowers

Sending funeral flowers is a wonderful way to show that you care about the deceased and the family of the deceased, but sometimes in the chaos of grief and everyday life, sending funeral flowers is forgotten. Don't panic! It isn't too late to follow funeral flower etiquette and express your sympathy to the family. In fact, the most significant part of funeral etiquette is to remember the family after the funeral, which only lasts a few days at most. The grief of the family lasts much longer and they are in need of support for quite some time. I know in my family, it is the months after the funeral that are the hardest and the loneliest.

Send Sympathy Flowers

If you forget to send funeral flowers, it is never too late to send a sympathy bouquet to the home of family members. Sympathy bouquets are very popular – I receive many orders for flowers after funeral services. Sympathy arrangements are smaller than the large, showy arrangements appropriate for funerals. If you know that the deceased liked a certain flower or color, it is appropriate to send an arrangement of those flowers or colors. The family will appreciate this remembrance of the deceased. Sometimes you will see funeral flowers and sympathy arrangements in somber or pastel colors. Don't feel like it is inappropriate to send bright, colorful flowers-they represent happy memories, hope, and new life. If you are still uncertain as to what kind of flowers to send, consider looking into the meaning of certain flowers and send ones that speak for themselves. For example, chrysanthemums symbolize friendship and rest; irises symbolize appreciation of friendship, hope, faith, and valor. You can also ask the florist's advice on what to send; florists are quite familiar with funeral flower etiquette.

Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Friday October 11th 2013

How to Discard Flowers After a Funeral

A few weeks ago, I discussed funeral flower etiquette. Today, I will discuss what to do with funeral flowers after the funeral, as I sometimes get questions on this topic. The flower arrangements are so beautiful, it is only sensible to put them to the best use possible; however, it is not always feasible or desirable to bring them all back home. There are several options for what to do with flowers after funeral services.

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Leave Flowers on the Grave

The casket spray, large wreaths, crosses, and other large arrangements can be taken to the burial site and left on the grave. These arrangements are generally too large for the home and too obviously from a funeral to be donated to most places. I know many families that let everyone present for the funeral and burial select one of the funeral flowers from the larger arrangements to take home in memory of the deceased. This is a nice gesture and generally leaves plenty of flowers to dress up the grave. Cemetery workers will then dispose of them when they start to die. You could always put some on another family member's grave, as well. Another option is to talk to the funeral director to see if there is a funeral without many flowers that could use some.

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Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Monday September 30th 2013

Funeral Flower Etiquette

Losing a loved one is a time of grief and sorrow; nothing can change that. However, when you send flowers to the family of the deceased, you show that you care and that is a source of comfort. Sending flowers is an excellent way to pay your respects to the family of the deceased. Funeral flower etiquette has relaxed over the years and is really quite simple.

Why do we send flowers?

Even today, at most visitations, you will see funeral flowers. Etiquette for funerals has called for flowers for quite some time. Flowers have always been a symbol of new life and resurrection, which is why they are popular in the funerals of many religions. Flowers die in the fall only to return in the spring. If chosen carefully, they can reflect the deceased's life; for instance, the person's favorite color or flower. Of course, they are a source of comfort to the family of the deceased. Funeral directors have told me that flowers are always noticed and commented on at visitations and funerals. I know that when I attend a visitation, the floral arrangements provide a pleasant diversion and a bit of cheer and comfort in a time of sorrow. I have also noticed that they aid conversation as they are a light hearted subject to talk about when it is hard to know what to say.

Funeral Etiquette: Flowers

I get a lot of questions about funeral flower etiquette.Today in most cultures of the United States, all flowers are appropriate flowers for funeral services. I commonly get requests for and recommend arrangements that contain the deceased's favorite color or favorite flower. Brightly colored flower arrangements are perfectly acceptable these days. Most florists are familiar with proper etiquette for specific cultures and will guide you in sending something appropriate. If the arrangement is large, it should be sent to the funeral home. Smaller arrangements can be sent to either the funeral home or the homes of family members. Usually the smaller arrangements will be taken home by family after the funeral if they are sent to the funeral home. If you hear about a death late, it is still appropriate to send flowers to the home of the family even weeks after the funeral.

Funeral Etiquette

Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Friday June 28th 2013

A General Guide to Christian Funerals

If you need to express condolences to a Christian family dealing with the loss of a loved one, you may be wondering what kind of service to expect and what gesture is appropriate. Christianity encompasses a broad spectrum of denominations, but for our purposes can be easily broken down into two groups: Catholic and Protestant. While funeral services vary somewhat within these two groups, and within the families belonging to them, here are some basic guidelines to help you feel comfortable and perform what's expected at a Christian funeral service.

Catholic Funerals


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Posted by Sophie Pierce in Funeral Flowers
Friday June 28th 2013

The Florist's 411: Funeral Flowers

The expression of grief is a profoundly personal thing. Often, we find ourselves confused about how to express the right sentiment. Upon a loss, it's natural to want to console those left behind, but how can we do this appropriately, respectfully, and in a way which uplifts, encourages, and strengthens everyone?

Whether the person was religious or not, it is customary to acknowledge their heritage in the funeral proceedings. Choose the ideal floral arrangement to express your affection and respect.

Protestant Funerals


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Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Wednesday September 7th 2011

How To Choose Spray Funeral Flower Arrangements

Funeral SpraySpray funeral flower arrangements offer a big and showy display. They are typically found on top of the casket or a standing display. They come in several different sizes, suitable for any service.

Almost any bloom can be used to create these special bouquets. This includes both traditional and non-traditional flower blooms. Any color, or color combination can be used as well, if desired.

Posted by Rene Rodriguez in Funeral Flowers
Wednesday September 7th 2011

How To Create A Religious Sympathy Flower Arrangement

Floral Cross Standing EaselA religious sympathy flower arrangement creates a thoughtful display. These displays are often used for religious memorial services. They may be held for a clergy member, or for members of a church.

Understanding how the displays are used can make them easier to plan. Everything from color and shape can be selected or customized. Additional features, such as sashes, can also be added to them.

Posted by Mary Dimacali in Funeral Flowers
Wednesday August 17th 2011

Honor The Departed With Sympathy Flowers On Any Budget

Sympathy Flowers on a BudgetSympathy flowers are often given to survivors after loved ones pass. These may be delivered to their home, a hospital or to the funeral. Sympathy arrangements are used to express one's sorrow and support.

There are many price points available for these types of arrangements. Quality blooms are available in both modest and elaborate designs. This makes it possible to find something affordable for any budget.

Posted by Matthew Neuenhaus in Funeral Flowers
Wednesday August 17th 2011

How To Choose The Right Sympathy Funeral Flowers

White Sympathy Standing SprayDuring times of loss and grieving, funeral flowers are often common. These blooms are used to show sympathy and express any condolences. These often provide comfort to survivors of those who have passed.

Choosing the right type of arrangement is especially important. Many choose to find a florist to help with selecting arrangements. The florist may also help with selecting color, style and size.

Posted by Matthew Neuenhaus in Funeral Flowers