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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