The loss of a loved one is never easy and it’s natural to want to reach out during this time. Funeral flowers are one highly popular way to pay tribute and let friends and family know you’re thinking of them, but many people worry about the etiquette. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve but there are some helpful things to consider when it comes to choosing funeral flowers.
If you’re thinking about sending funeral flowers to express your condolences, see below for our brief guide to choosing the type of flowers and the arrangement.
The language of flowers ascribes certain meaning to different blooms, so there are good reasons behind some of the most popular funeral flowers. Common varieties of flower and their meanings include:
● Roses – roses represent love (especially red varieties), happiness, innocence (white roses) and friendship (yellow).
● Lilies – this flower is used to symbolise peace, innocence and purity.
● Carnations – these flowers represent devotion and remembrance and they’re a common addition to bouquets of roses.
● Gerbera – these colourful flowers represent innocence, beauty and joy.
You may also wish to include the deceased’s favourite flower or choose blooms in their favourite colour.
Your relationship to the deceased can determine which arrangement is most appropriate to send. Traditionally, flowers for the casket are chosen by the immediate family but you’ll have many other options to choose from. If you’re family or a close friend, you might want to send a wreath, heart shaped bouquet or large floral arrangement.
If you weren’t as close to the deceased you could send a smaller floral basket or a standing spray arrangement.
Should I send flowers at all?
Funeral flowers aren’t customary in some faiths, so it’s always best to check with the wishes of the family if you’re not sure. In some cases, families will ask for charitable donations instead of flowers and this will usually be expressed in the obituary or funeral announcement.
Flowers can be sent to the funeral home, family home or the church/crematorium, but again, it’s best to check with the family first. Some people like to send an arrangement for display at the funeral, or you might wish to send flowers to the family home a few days after the ceremony. This is a kind way to let them know they’re still in your thoughts.
If you need help arranging the perfect
floral tribute in Wakefield, get in touch with the team at Normington & Sons. Our experienced and sensitive staff are on hand to help you choose a bespoke arrangement to honour your loved one. We’ve built up a network of trusted local florists and can take on board any special requests you might have.
We understand that bereavement isn’t easy, which is why we offer a 24 hour phone line for whenever you need us. For more information about our floral tributes or help with funeral arrangements, give us a call today or contact us online.