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Funeral Flowers

Well, it’s a part of life that most of us find uncomfortable to talk about. So let’s make this as painless as possible and talk about flowers.

Beautiful Spirit Arrangement - BF5841

Beautiful Spirit Arrangement – BF5841

First you could send flowers to the funeral home or to the family’s home. If you are sending to the funeral home the best style of arrangement is to have it made one sided. This means most of the flowers in the arrangement will be on the one side that faces out making your arrangement look as showy as possible. Any colours and flowers are suitable when sending to the funeral home. If you are sending from a company to keep it conservative or traditional. We often recommend sending an arrangement in all white flowers. This is a very classy and elegant look for a funeral piece. Another option for the funeral home is sending plants or a planter basket (which is a mix of green and flowering plants). This is an option for the family as they might have a number of fresh flower arrangements. Still, plants will never make the show or have the impact that fresh flowers will have on everyone there.

Beautiful Dreams - BF6257

Beautiful Dreams – BF6257

When sending to the home it may be best to send an arrangement that is more of a centrepiece, which means there will be flowers on all sides of the arrangement to make it suitable for a dining room or coffee table. Any colours and flowers are suitable for the home. Ordering a fruit and gourmet basket to send to the family home is also a thoughtful gift.

Gourmet Basket - BF6034

Gourmet Basket – BF6034

Whatever or wherever you decide to send your gift know that your kind gesture will definitely be appreciated. It is your message that really counts although the fewer words the better. And flowers do make your message much more meaningful and always remembered.

How to Choose Flowers for a Funeral – Etiquette, Tips & FAQs

Flowers are an integral part of funeral services, one in-line with traditions dating back thousands of years. Choosing flowers for a funeral after a relative, friend or colleague passes away isn’t as easy as seems and many people struggle when buying ‘funeral flowers’ or ‘sympathy flowers’, which incidentally aren’t the same thing.

Chrysanthemum flowers

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Flowers are traditionally given at funerals as a celebration of life; and to further celebrate the life of the departed, a card with a short, handwritten message customarily accompanies the flowers to express one’s sympathy to those closest to them.



There’s a certain etiquette involved in sending flowers to funerals, most of which pertain to cultural or religious considerations, so bear in mind that what’s considered acceptable for one culture or religion may not be acceptable for another.

Most faiths accept gifts of flowers; however, adorning bouquets and wreaths with religious symbols should be avoided and also bear in mind that in some faiths, like Judaism, it isn’t common to display flowers at the funeral, though it’s fine to send flowers to the family’s home to express one’s sympathy for their loss.

It’s a good idea to ask Islamic families whether or not sending flowers is appropriate as many people of this faith prefer sympathisers to make donations to charity in lieu of flowers.

However; many families are quite open-minded in this regard – particularly those who have lived in the West for many years – and will warmly receive flowers from friends of the departed who wish to express heartfelt sympathy for their loss.



There are a number of floral arrangements to choose from for funerals, as there are a number of varieties of flowers commonly given. The most common floral arrangements are as follows:

  • Casket sprays which cover the casket are usually chosen by the family of the deceased.
  • Crosses are usually only given if the departed was a practicing Christian.
  • Funeral sprays come in single ended and double ended designs.
  • Heart arrangements are intended to convey one’s heartfelt sympathy.

The most common flowers given at funerals are carnations, gladioli, lilies and roses, though it isn’t uncommon to send other varieties of flowers, especially those the departed had a personal affection for.

It isn’t uncommon for people to believe that bigger is better with regard to the flower arrangements they purchase to send to the family of the departed, though it isn’t necessary to go overboard and indeed this often causes the family more problems in that they have to find something to do with the flowers after the funeral.

When sending flowers, you should place emphasis on giving something from the heart, something that effectively conveys your deepest feelings of sympathy and expresses your condolences to those closest to the departed. This isn’t always easy, though it’s something that you need to place emphasis upon.



People often find themselves struggling with various aspects of buying and sending flowers. Here are some of the most common FAQs related to buying flowers for funerals.

Is it ever too late to send flowers?

It’s never too late to send flowers, within reason of course. It’s often the case that people don’t find out about the funeral until it’s already passed, so sending flowers to the family of the departed with a card expressing your sympathy will certainly be appreciated; however, if you just found out that an old friend died a couple of years ago, it’s likely to be far too late for flowers.

What’s the difference between ‘funeral flowers’ and ‘sympathy flowers?

Quite simply, funeral flowers are sent to the funeral and sympathy flowers are sent to the home of the family of the departed. Sympathy flowers are often sent by those who aren’t attending the funeral, along with those who know the family well, but aren’t on close personal terms with the departed.

Is it appropriate to send flowers to adorn the casket?

It’s usually only appropriate to send flowers to adorn the casket if you’re an immediate family member or a close friend. As a general rule, if you aren’t an immediate member of the family of the departed you should ask first.

What should I write on the card?

If the card isn’t already pre-printed with a message like ‘With love and sympathy’ and a space for you to write your name underneath, keep the message short and simple.


Whilst there’s an etiquette involved in buying flowers for funerals and there are a number of considerations to take into account, particularly religious considerations, there’s no reason to stress about giving flowers because you’re making the effort to celebrate the life of the departed and convey your feelings of sympathy to the family of the deceased in a heartfelt manner, one which will surely be appreciated.


Author Bio
Kate Addams loves blogging about many topics. She is currently working as a writer for Greenacres Woodland Burials, one of UK’s leading provider of unique burial parks.

The Pain of Loss Is To Be Embraced

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and everyone has reason to grieve at one time or another. It’s part of life. Usually it’s a loved one; perhaps a father, mother, child, pet, friend, or sibling. Other times it’s a trusted colleague, a beloved leader, or a celebrity you’ve found connection with. Grief is a powerful emotion that is as human as love, hate, fear, and any other. We all experience it.

As a florist, arrangements for those who are grieving someone’s death are often the most touching, personal, and powerful flower arrangements that we make. Of all the occasions we create flower arrangements for, grief is the one we are most likely to impact the most.

Weeping Lilies Arrangement

Weeping Lilies Arrangement

I once had a widow appear in my shop just days after her husband’s funeral, for which we’d done the arrangements. She’d come in to settle the bill and spoke to me a sentence that I will never forget. “When I saw the flowers around Howard, I knew that they contained his spirit and that through their beauty, he was watching and grieving his loss as we were grieving ours.”

Once in a while, even though you do not know the person for whom you’re working and skillfully arranging flowers, you will be the instrument that touches them in a way that changes hearts forever. It’s a responsibility, even a burden, but it’s one of the most rewarding things we can do. Everyone touches others in a special way.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

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