Here at the shop one of the hardest elements to give advise on is funeral flowers. Whenever I have written a blog about the subject, I notices that it seems to draw many readers and I think it's because folks find it so intimidating. Not only is it something that you don't have to do every day (thank goodness) but flowers can express so many sentiments, that knowing what to send can be difficult to determine. This blog will break it down in understandable part so read on!
This is a Casket Spray. Usually sent by the family, the Casket Spray can sit on or above the casket and is most often sent by immediate family. The Casket Spray can be a wonderful way of representing the person who has passed. As in this example of a loving wife and mother, her favorite color was purple and she loved daisies. This piece really represented who she was and what she loved.
Another piece often sent by immediate family or the spouse in particular is the Broken or Bleeding Heart. This piece is usually designed in red and white and is meant to convey the sorrow the living spouse is feeling, This style of a floral display would normally sit at the head of the casket.
Another option when sending flowers is to send a Cross Arrangement. This piece is also usually sent by family or close friends and is meant to represent the persons faith. These pieces can be made from flowers, mosses, branches and can be customized in so many ways. This one, a traditional Red and White Cross, is also a safe floral element to send. In this case, it was being sent from his children and the ribbon says "Loving Dad".
Another nice arrangement to send from immediate family are Open Hearts, like this one. They can also be round or square Wreaths. These pieces are larger than standard floor baskets and really allow you to customize the colors to represent the person who has passed away. Personally, whenever I need to send a funeral spray for immediate family, I choose a wreath. They can cost more but the affect is quite dramatic.
Another element that is nice when ordering flowers for an immediate family member is to send matching pieces for at the head and the foot. Basically, they are matching floor baskets that the funeral director will place up onto pedestals. They really are a nice way of framing out the casket display and can also be used when their is just a table with an Urn. It can be a nice way of adding some color.
Last but not least, is to send a nice Table Top arrangement. As a florist, I often send these personally because I find they so often are remembered by family. In the case of a table top piece like this vase below, it's a nice way of sending something small that the family can take home and enjoy after the services are over.
Keep in mind that custom floral designs can always be made and we always take great pleasure in making pieces that really reflect the person being given the tribute. Nothing is more personal than flower so why not let your floral professional create something just for you? It's what we do, it's what we are here for. I hope this little blog helped you. Is there something you have a question about that I did not cover in the blog? Don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog.