Sympathy Flowers: Choosing a Floral Arrangement
Funeral flowers are a time honored tradition of showing our love, respect, and affection both for those who have passed from this life and for those who are left behind. They are meant to be a source of comfort and beauty in a dark time in a family's life, and can also represent the continuation of life even though a death has touched us.
One of the most popular of which is the wreath. Funeral wreaths and their circular design are meant to signify life and the continuity of it. Just as a wreath is an unbroken circle that goes on and on, the wreath symbolizes that life goes on for those who are left behind. For those with these kinds of beliefs, wreaths also signify that when life on Earth is ended, it goes on elsewhere. It can be a very comforting thought to the family. They are often constructed out of rosemary or laurel branches, both of which signify honor and remembrance.
A casket arrangement is a very large bouquet that is meant to be placed on top of the funeral casket itself. If you would like to honor a lost loved one with a casket arrangement, it is best to contact the bereaved to find out if they have already arranged for this floral arrangement since space on the casket is limited. These arrangements may otherwise come to rest along entryway tables, along pews or on other flat surfaces in the funeral home.
Funeral sprays are also meant to be displayed at the funeral home or at a gravesite service and are elegantly beautiful displays that stand on a tripod structure. They can be placed all around the funeral home or church to brighten up proceedings and bring some comfort to the bereaved. Funeral sprays can be designed with traditional flowers or customized to suit the tastes and personality of the deceased. Talk to your florist about how to best personalize your spray to reflect your love and care for the deceased.
Funeral baskets are more like gifts for the living than memorials for the deceased. While they might be arranged beautifully, they are often full of things like chocolate, coffee, fruit or teas. They are meant to lift spirits by symbolizing the good things in life and the sender's wishes to remember those good things even in hard or sad times.
Funeral baskets can be purchased from a favorite online retailer or put together and personalized toward the needs of the bereaved. Some families may need their spirits lifted with a basket of personal health items like teas, bath lotions and warm shawls to remind them that you wish them comfort. Others may appreciate a basket of items that display the hobbies or favorite foods, treats or colors of the deceased. These baskets let the grieving know that they are not alone in their feelings of loss; others too remember the life and love that has been lost. While flowers should usually be delivered to the funeral home, church or gravesite, funeral baskets can be sent directly to the bereaved at their residence during the time of mourning preceding a funeral service.
In the wake of tragedy, people come together to comfort, console and share. Gifts of beautiful, meaningful things like flowers and gift baskets are a traditional extension of those feelings. Talk to your florist or online funeral arrangement retailer for help finding the right sympathy gift for your lost loved one and their grieving family.
~Ben Anton, 2008