Funeral Flowers

While nearly all funerals feature flowers, many families choose to have a just a small selection of arrangements donated by close relations only.

Death announcements often specify 'no flowers' or 'family flowers only'. These wishes should be respected.

The death announcement will often request a charitable donation be given, rather than flowers. The undertakers will usually co-ordinate the collection of donations.

If you cannot attend the funeral, and there are not requests made about flowers, then it is a thoughtful gesture to send some.

Practicalities

- It is usual for the family to contribute towards one arrangement to be placed on the coffin. Simple choices, such as flat spray arrangements, are a classic option. Wreaths are generally reserved for cenotaph use.

- Other arrangements, uusally from other family members, may be on display in the ceremony venue, or placed on the grave.

- Cards accompanying flowers should be kept brief and heartfelt. They are a message to the deceased and should be addressed to reflect this.

- Traditionally funeral flowers are white or cream, with pastels sometimes also used. Some families choose blooms in a favourite colour of the deceased.

- Many undertakers will offer a catalogue of funeral flowers from which arrangements can be chosen.

- Alternatively, options can be discussed with a florist who will usually have some helpful photographs and plenty of ideas.

- Flowers should be delivered on the day to ensure that they are fresh and look their best. The florist should liaise with the undertakers to organise practical arrangements.

 

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