Benfleet Florist – Flower symbolisation
Flower arrangements symbolize many different things.
The Spray/Wreaths: You can have a half couch, to be used on an open casket or a full couch that can be used on a closed casket. If there is no casket with just a small memorial service, a wreath can be used. These are filled with flowers of different colours and types, depending on personal choice. These can be used either at the visitation, service or at the grave site. Wreaths can be placed on a tripod stand and displayed after the service is over, in at home.
The Fireside Basket: This is a low handled basket which would normally be placed low down on the floor and near the casket at the service. Usiually these are sent to the funeral home or the church.
A Simple Basket of Flowers: These can be either with or without an actual handle; it is just a simple variety of flowers that can be sent to either the funeral home or the home of the deceased /family.
A Plant: You can choose either blooming or green plants. If you want to get a green plant, these can last throughout the year, and provide a lasting memorial.
The Cross: This is a foam based arrangement shaped to represent a cross, this will be covered in flowers, usually chrysanthemums, foliage, moss, and ribbon or satin. The cross will usually have a flowers accenting the middle of the cross. The cross is very formal and are usually sent to either the funeral home or the church where the services are held. You can also arrangements in other shapes, such as hearts or a pillows.
The Inside Piece: This is a much smaller arrangement of flowers that are placed inside the casket itself. Examples of these can be nosegays, satin crosses, pillows, hearts or hinge sprays. These are traditionally sent by the youngest members of the family.
The Sheaf: This a gathering of flower materials, usually made from long wheat grasses and tied together in the middle with a various flower types. These can be placed inside the casket, on top of the casket or they can be set on a side table during the visitations. When they are dried it will symbolize a fruitful and productive life. These are usually chosen by friends, family or certain religious affiliations.
The Vase and Table Arrangement: You can have a small or large vase or table arrangement. You can choose from various different styles, colours and vases. These arrangements can vary from very simple arrangements to extremely extravagant arrangements. These will normally sent by friends, business associates and or family members.
Various Flowers or plants can be a beautiful expression of remembrance and the happiness that person brought to into your life. So, you will be able to choose your arrangement accordingly.
The Funeral Flower Etiquette
Funerals involve a lot of stress and most people never know exactly what to say when they meet a person has just lost someone they love. Flowers can be a sensitive way of showing your sympathy in the way that words often fail to express. It just shows the person that you care, and your aware of what they are feeling. It is also a way that allows you to show your respect to the deceased. However you also need to be aware of the proper funeral flower etiquettes in order to be able to convey the right feelings.
There are several options you to consider, when sending flowers to a funeral.
First think about the relationship you had with both the deceased and their family. This can help determine which flowers to choose and where to send them. If the deceased was a relative of a friend, then send the flowers to the home of the deceased family to show them you are thinking of them. If the deceased is a family member or a very close friend you should send them to the funeral home.
Also consider the delivery time. The delivery time will depend on if you send them to the person’s home or to the funeral home. It can be considered rude to send your flowers on the day of the viewing. Because this may interrupt both the service and the time for mourning for the family.
The proper funeral flower etiquette is to send your flowers to be delivered the day before.
You may also want to be careful to respect the deceased families’ beliefs and wishes. This includes their religious beliefs. In general most religions allow flowers to be delivered at the funeral home or sometimes at the burial site. Others however, such as Orthodox Jews for may consider this taboo. So in cases like this you would the flowers to the funeral home. You may also want to avoid flower arrangements that are focussed on a religious belief for the same reasons. This can especially be true if you are not sure about their religious beliefs and preferences.
Also, you will need to check with the funeral home to ask about any policies for the funeral arrangements. Many may not accept flowers in either glass pots or vases, as these may be liable to break.
If your sending flowers as a group, make sure it’s the right type and the correct size. Group flower arrangements can tend to be bigger, because it will represent sympathy from several different people. You may also need to to add the groups contact details on the card. Families will appreciate this and this way they be able to see who to send acknowledgements to later. You may also want to include a card, make sure it’s big enough to cover everyone in the group. This way the family knows exactly where the flowers all come from.
The funeral flower etiquette is very very important and should be followed as carefully as possible to avoid any mistakes or confusion and reduce the risk of any unnecessary embarrassment.
Written by Shimee
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