Funeral Flowers - Flowers For a
Funeral Or Memorial Service - Questions and Answers
By Laura LeMond
Sending flowers for a funeral or memorial service and is
one of the oldest traditions dating back thousands of
years. One of the most appropriate ways to express your
thoughts for the family of the deceased is to send an
appropriate funeral arrangement.
When should I send flowers? Flowers are traditionally
sent to the location of the funeral (usually a funeral
home, mortuary or church). The timing here is that you
need to send them in time for them to be positioned
before visiting hours, so that they make it to the
Should I send flowers to the home? You are always
welcome to send flowers to the family home up to a month
after the funeral, so that the family can view them in
private. This a very comforting gesture for friends and
family of the deceased, when they have more time to see
What are the most appropriate types of flowers to send
to where arrangements have been made for the funeral?
If you are sending flowers where they will be present
with the viewing, it is a good idea to send a more
traditional sympathy type of arrangement. The flowers
will be designed in an easel spray, basket or some type
of fan shaped design. You may also send a flowering
plant. There are lots of options available.
What are the most popular flowers for funerals and
The most popular flowers are traditionally gladiolas,
chrysanthemums, lilies, roses and carnations, any
personal flowers that you like can be added as well.
Does color matter? Any flower color is appropriate, but
many times the softer colors are popular for funerals,
including soft pinks, yellows, lavender and white.
Be sure to attach a card, so the family knows who sent
Here is a list of flower arrangement definitions:
Spray - Flowers which are put onto an easel stand, they
can have different shapes, like a triangle for example.
The flowers are visible from the front of the spray only
and are usually position close to the loved one.
Wreath - Wreaths represent the circle of life and can be
displayed in a number of ways.
Casket Spray - This is the large spray of flowers on top
of the casket, and the family usually arranges for this
Floral Arrangement - an arrangement of fresh flowers,
they can be sent in a vase or some type of other
Floral Inside Piece - a small arrangement designed to be
placed inside the casket, such as nosegay or little
spray of flowers.
If donations to a charity is requested, should I make a
donation instead of flowers, if requested by the family?
It is nice to do both things, make a donation and send
flowers, but personal preference if of consideration
here. During this time, emotions run high, and it is a
very tumultuous and grievous time for the family.
Flowers are a great way to express your deepest sympathy
and love. This visible sign of support will always be
appreciated by the family. It is a traditional and
appropriate way to say you care.
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