Funeral Flowers are a thoughtful way to convey a message to the family and friends of the deceased. They are also a way to send a last message of caring about the family member, friend, neighbor or colleague.
There are many different types of floral arrangements from which to choose to express your feelings. Coffin sprays are large arrangements of flowers that are approximately 4 feet long and are elegantly draped on the coffin. They can be ordered in colors befitting a male or female as well as a general floral spray mixed with appropriate greens.
Funeral Flowers prepared in an oasis base last longer such as floral arrangements in the shape of a heart. Floral crosses in lengths of 2, 3, 4 and 5 feet are also available and very popular. Name tributes are individual flowers forming names or words up to seven letters on a background of greenery. These are usually chosen by close family members.
Wreath rings are lovely floral tributes to consider sending. They consist of a mixture of flowers loosely set in a green wreath. Pillows or cushions with your choice of flowers can be made up to be placed in the coffin. The name of the deceased can also be added to the pillow for personalization.
Stars, small crosses, bears, bunnies or angels are traditional when the deceased is a child. The floral arrangements are done in white with trimming in greenery.
If you wish to have the family take the flowers home after the services, a floral basket is in order. The arrangement is tastefully prepared and placed in a wicker basket for this purpose. Flowers hand tied are set in water and more suited to be sent to the mourner's home. The reason is that there is no guarantee that the flowers will remain upright on the trip to the cemetery. Traditional floral sprays are yet another choice. These sprays are beautifully arranged with greenery and tied with a colorful ribbon.
Any type of flowers can be used for funeral flower tributes. However, there are certain flowers that are more popular and more commonly used in floral arrangements. In many countries worldwide, chrysanthemums are traditionally used in funeral floral arrangements. White is the most popular color. However, they are also available in a number of other lovely colors.
One of the reasons white is so popular is that it can be sprayed any color that is desired. Another reason is that white denotes truth and honesty. Double chrysanthemums are also popular since they can be used for pillows, names and massed wreaths very easily.
Roses are a very popular funeral flower because of their striking beauty. Red roses are the most traditional flower used and white, yellow and pink are frequently used as well.
Another traditional funeral flower is the lily. Longiflorum lilies come in white only and the flower head has a trumpet shape. Other types of lilies are also often used in floral arrangements. Carnations are also traditional funeral flowers. Massed in red, they have great visual appeal. However, they are more expensive than chrysanthemums and are consequently not used as often.
Since the type of funeral flowers sent comes from the heart, the decision should reflect your personal feelings for the deceased and you should be satisfied that your choice sends a sincere and appropriate message.
When you order funeral flowers make sure the florist knows when the flower arrangements need to be delivered by. If the service is in the morning, make sure they get there, first thing.
Sympathy flowers can be sent as soon as you hear about the death or can be sent on the day of the funeral service itself. Sending sympathy flowers to the relatives home is often done as mark of respect and to show the family concerned that you are thinking about them at a very difficult time. Funeral flowers are generally sent on the day of the service. It is very important to make sure the funeral flowers are sent by at least a couple of hours ahead of the funeral service. Sending Sympathy flowers can also be sent after the funeral itself, to let the family know that just because the funeral service has already happened, you are still thinking of them. There are no rules to sending funeral and sympathy flowers, it is always the thought that counts.
Patriotic Funeral Flowers
Red, White and Blue Funeral Flowers can be a very patriotic way to honor the life of a lost loved one, especially if your loved one served for their country, had an especially loyal love of their country, or passed away of the day of American Independence July 4th.
There are many types of flowers that can strike up a beautiful red, white and blue bouquet. Carnations, do come in all three colors so can be an excellent, simple flower to make a striking red, white and blue arrangement. White lilies and blue statice flowers or roses can be used to add more variety if you choose. Indeed many flowers these days can actually be sprayed to appear as the color of your choice. Your florist should be able to advise you on what can make the most beautiful patriotic bouquet.
Splendid wreaths can be constructed using all three national colors from our flag. Alternatively, you can choose to select one or two of the colors, and then use ribbon or other trimmings to represent the third color. For example, a simple arrangement of white carnations trimmed with red and blue ribbon looks extremely patriotic and very dignified. Or red roses bound with white and blue ribbon can look dramatic and extravagant, whilst conveying deep love.
Whatever you, or your florist decide, red, white and blue funeral flower arrangements will make an excellent patriotic tribute.
Different types of funeral sympathy flowers:
Casket Sprays - Traditional Posies - Heart Shaped Arrangements - Funeral Wreaths - Funeral Bouquets - Flower Crosses - Floral Tributes
Pillows and Cushions - Posy of Flowers - Floral Baskets - Living Plants - Flower Name Tributes - Sending Flowers to a Funeral
Sending funeral flowers and sympathy flowers to the friends and family of the deceased is a very traditional way of expressing your your feelings and showing your love. Sending flowers to the families home is a very common trend. Some people choose to send flowers as soon as they hear of the death, others choose to wait for a few days. That being said there are no rules and the main reasons for sending the flowers is to show the families concerned that you are thinking about them at their time of grief.
When sending flowers to the actual funeral service, it is very important to make sure the flowers arrive at least 2 hours before the funeral begins. The types of flowers sent to the funeral service can and often are different from the flowers sent to the bereaved families home. Funeral wreaths, baskets, standing sprays and casket sprays are just a few of types of flowers usually sent to the funeral. As well as flowers, plants, especially white lilies are often used at funerals and they can be taken home after the service and burial or cremation has taken place.
Funeral Baskets - Cut flowers arranged in a basket suitable for sending to the relatives home or to be displayed at the viewing or the actual funeral service.
Fruit and Gourmet Baskets - Lovely selection of fresh fruit and gourmet baskets usually sent to the relatives home.
Memorial Arrangements - Arrangements of flowers that can either sit on the floor or a table top, suitable for the viewing, service or can be sent to the relatives home.
Dish Gardens and Plants - Selections of green plants and blooming flowers, suitable for both the funeral service or can be sent to the bereaved relatives home.
Wreaths, Hearts and Crosses - Usually placed on an easel, these types of funeral flowers are for the funeral service.
Standing Sprays - These arrangements will add color and brighten up any funeral service.
Standing sprays are displayed on an easel and are for the funeral service or viewing.
Casket Sprays - These lovely sprays are placed on the top of the funeral casket and are usually sent by the direct family members of the deceased.
Etiquette Usually Followed When Sending Funeral Flowers
Funeral flowers, sympathy flowers, plants and food baskets are normally sent to mortuaries, funeral homes, places of worship or the homes of the bereaved family members upon hearing of the death. Many traditional funeral services include a viewing time or visitation period before the actual funeral service, and these can be held at the funeral directors home or local church. If you hear of the families loss after the funeral has taken place, it is customary to send flowers or gifts to the bereaved families home. It is very important that when sending flowers for the funeral service to make sure they arrive before the start of the funeral. Funeral directors deal with funeral flowers on a daily basis and if they arrive early or at the end of the previous day, there will not be any problems.
Some people prefer to send Funeral flowers and sympathy flowers after the funeral service has taken place in order to let the families know that you are still thinking of them and have not forgotten their loss. Many bereaved relatives will find it very comforting to receive flowers or plants after the funeral has passed.
Different types of funeral flowers sent include: Sympathy Sprays, Specialty Arrangements, Wreaths, Sympathy baskets or Green plants & blooming plants. These types of funeral flowers are normally sent the funeral home or church. Vase arrangements are normally sent the bereaved families home or place of work and they can be sent before the funeral service or after the funeral service has taken place.
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