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Funeral & Sympathy Resources

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Funeral & Sympathy Resources 2017-09-14T15:10:55-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Fresh flowers, green plants, and fresh flowers with green plants are all a very appropriate sympathy tribute. Different religions and areas may have different customs.
If requested, we can specify that the arrangement/plant can go to a specific person.
Yes, you can order a standing spray and/or a basket arrangement to be placed next to the casket. Also, identical arrangements may be placed on either side in order to frame the casket. Some families will request flowers to be red, white and blue and others will select colors.
The most popular choices are arrangements of fresh flowers, wreaths on easels and European baskets (a design created with both green and blooming plants).
Family members usually order the casket spray and any flowers to be placed inside the casket.
Certainly. Bright flowers can reflect on the energetic personality of the deceased. Also, colorful flowers may be chosen to send a message about how that person made you feel happy to have known them.
Most of the time the closest family member(s) does. In some cases organizations, companies or even the funeral director will place the order and/or pay for the casket spray with the immediate family’s approval.
It is possible, but you need to ask permission from the family first to make sure your good intentions don’t step on someone’s feelings. The may have made other financial arrangements.
Most people have their sympathy flowers delivered directly to the funeral home or church, but you can also have them sent to the place where the funeral service will be held or to the family at their home.
In most cases they are delivered to the funeral home the day of any visitation and the funeral home will take the flowers and plants to the church.
Yes, but give the bouquet or arrangement to the funeral director for placement.
Yes. Although very traditional arrangements are still requested in some parts of the country, most florists today are happy to create an arrangement that’s fresh, original and appropriate. Using a variety of flowers, non-traditional arrangements are perfect to present to close friends, take home or deliver to places of worship as a remembrance after the service. Non-traditional containers are also gaining in popularity.

For ideas, many florists have books that show a variety of sympathy flower tributes including regional designs. Long-lasting green plants are becoming increasingly popular and are often combined with flowers.

Yes, they are appropriate on some pieces. Traditionally, banners reflect the relationship of the deceased to the sender. Examples would be Loving Mother, Beloved Aunt, Special Friend, etc. Other words appropriate would be putting on the ribbons the name of your organization, club, or company. An example would be City High School Football Team. The enclosure card is where the sender’s individual names are signed.
Use your first and last name. People may know more than one Mary; don’t make them guess who sent the sympathy flowers. If the sympathy arrangement is being sent by a group of people, you can list everyone individually or sign, “The Canasta Club,” and list a contact name so a thank you note can be shared with all.
When groups, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews or friends and neighbors go together on flowers, the arrangement can be very special and make a larger showing.

These pieces, such as standing sprays and larger wreaths, could also be from clubs, leagues and business associates. One idea: Include a contact name and address so the family has one contact and knows whom to thank.

A good idea is to consider the likes and life of the deceased. . If you know their favorite flowers or colors, share that information with the florist so those elements can be featured in the sympathy flower design. Sometimes symbols of their special interests, hobbies and pursuits are incorporated into a funeral arrangement as well. Themed arrangements, including sprays, wreaths and plants, are becoming very popular. These focus on the interests of the deceased and may include a golf club, fishing pole, pair of garden gloves, etc. There are many items such as bibles, angels and crosses that may also be incorporated.
Because this practice is increasingly common in some areas, many florists will have specific ideas. Families may choose a smaller piece designed for display with the urn. Specially designed pieces may be more in keeping with a brief memorial service.

If there is to be a visitation and viewing before the service, palms, green plants and larger tributes from groups can provide a beautiful setting. A tastefully done floral tribute adds beauty to any type of memorial service. Of course, it is equally nice to send the flowers or plants to the family’s home.

Because flowers say what is difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste. Many people like to express sympathy and show respect for the deceased in a variety of ways including contributions, food donations, cards, gift baskets, a helping hand and of course, flowers.

Funeral directors tell us that most people do not want a service completely devoid of flowers. Also, many people choose to send flowers or plants to the family at home instead of sending them to the funeral home.

A floral arrangement or gift basket received at the home of the deceased’s family after the activity surrounding the funeral can be a welcome reminder that friends haven’t forgotten. Even if weeks have passed, it’s still appropriate to express your condolences by sending flowers. People mourn long after the funeral; flowers will brighten their day and show the family that you are thinking of them. In this instance, consider a table or foyer arrangement or perhaps a basket arrangement with flowers appropriate by season. A personal note or “we are thinking of you” message would be especially nice.
In most cases the family members of the deceased will not be able to acknowledge the item sent until after the service, which can result in a week or two after the service.
It’s up to the family. Sometimes they’ll donate them to a hospital or care facility or they may decide to take them home for continued display and enjoyment.
Flowers are not traditionally sent to funerals for orthodox Jews or Muslims. However, flowers, plants and fruit baskets are welcome at the family’s home.