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.
•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.
•It is usual for crematorium flowers to be donated to a local hospital after the funeral. The undertakers will usually take care of this.