Funeral Flower Etiquette
Funeral flower etiquette is a beautiful way to express your
to the family of someone who has passed away. Flowers can bring beauty
and life to a time of sorrow.
As a family member or a friend, sometimes it is difficult to
know what to say or how to show your love and support to those who have
lost their loved one. Funeral
flowers can speak volumes for you. Sending a basket,
wreath or spray will show that your thoughts are with them as they
a close family member passed away so many thoughtful people sent
beautiful flowers for him. Many who knew him selected his favorite
flowers for their arrangements. There were many arrangements that were
made up in his favorite colors too. It was so meaningful to us, because
they were a
demonstration of how much he was loved and thought of.
Types of Arrangements
selecting and sending flowers for a funeral, there are different types
of arrangements you can select. They are named according to their
these are circular arrangements. They represent eternal life.
these are arrangements that are shown on one side only. They normally
are displayed on stands.
- Baskets~ these
are arrangements made up of cut flowers or various plants held in
Sprays~ these are the arrangements that sit directly on
top of the casket. They are generally selected by the immediate family
- Inside Pieces~
these are small floral arrangements that are placed inside the
arrangement will have a different meaning for the family. Wreaths and
sprays are so beautiful and add so much warmth during this time.
Baskets can be taken home and kept as a memory for the family. Good funeral flower etiquette
is simply showing that you care and love them.
The choice of flowers and the arrangements you select can
be influenced by the
the person who has passed away, as well as their family. It is good
funeral etiquette to find out whether or not there is a religious
affiliation, and if so what it is. Some religions and cultures, such as
Jewish and Muslim do not use flowers in their funeral services. It is
better funeral etiquette to send a basket of fruit to the family.
Flowers and Their Meanings
When selecting your arrangements, it
is good to keep in mind the person and their family. Selecting flowers
that hold meaning will add
depth and beauty to your arrangements
following is a brief list of flowers, as well as the meaning they have.
(white)~ Pure love & innocence
Remembrance, majesty & purity
Strength of character, sincerity & moral integrity
(white)~ Reverence, humility & innocence
- Roses (red)~
Love, respect & courage
- Roses (pink)~
Love, grace & gentleness
Faithful love & memory
Delivery of the Flowers
The arrangements that you select should arrive at the funeral home
before the first visitation begins. For the most part, the flower shop will take care of
this for you
when you order. Sometimes circumstances do not allow for you to have
your arrangement delivered before the first visitation. It is
appropriate for the flowers to be sent before the funeral services.
there are times when you do not receive the news in a timely manner. It
is still good funeral etiquette of send a basket of flowers and plants
to the home of the family after the funeral has taken place. You can personally deliver them
and spend some time with the family.
There are times when the family has requested that flowers not be sent.
It is good funeral manners to honor
In most cases the family would rather that a donation to a charity
(which they list) or a trust fund for those who are left behind be made
in the deceased person's name. This would have more meaning to them.
Use good sympathy etiquette in all good cases.
Funeral flower etiquette is the demonstration of love, sympathy and
support for the family. They
say so much when you may not have the words.