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Flowers and Floral Tributes
Sending flowers is always welcome; although sometimes the family may request that donations are made to a particular charity, hospital or hospice, especially if their loved one spent their last days there.
A floral tribute is a beautiful way of expressing sympathy, especially if you’re stuck for words and don’t know what to say to the bereaved family.
Flowers can do it for you and indicate that you share the grief, the loss, and support the people left behind, as well as marking the end of a life.
When Should I Send Flowers?
If circumstances do not allow you to attend either the removal or funeral of someone who has passed away, sending flowers is a lovely way to express your heartfelt condolences and let the bereaved family know that even if you cannot be there in person, that you are thinking of them and wish them comfort in their time of grief.
Sending flowers, even if you do attend the services, is a warm gesture of thoughtfulness and care.
History of Memorial Flowers
Placing flowers around those who have died is something mankind has been doing for centuries. Archaeologists have discovered funeral flowers in excavations all over the world, across many countries and religions.
Scientists believe that funeral flowers were a symbol of the life cycle from birth to death, highlighting the temporary, fragile nature of human life itself.
Sending Flowers to the Family Home
Some people like to send flowers to the family’s home; this is a very personal way of expressing your sympathy. A plant or flowers can be a comforting reminder that you are thinking about your friends at their time of loss.
Many families find that the months after the funeral are even more difficult once the duration of visitors and organising has lessened; sending flowers during this time with a personal note to let he know you’re thinking of them is a kind gesture.
Sending Flowers to the Funeral Service
A tastefully designed floral tribute will add visual beauty to every type of funeral service, whether its cremation or burial.
Wreath or floral arrangements can be sent to the Funeral Home-family members will be notified that flowers have been received. Make sure to add contact information so the family know where they and contact you when sending acknowledgements.
Beautiful floral arrangements can be sent to the residence, funeral home or to family members. Blooming plants are a longer-lasting choice, and can be delivered in a pretty container.
Protestants, Catholics and other Christian faiths accept all forms of funeral flowers. If there are any questions about other faiths, it might be best to ask the Funeral Director or a family member directly.
As a general rule, funeral flowers brighten a sombre time and are a touching tribute to the person who has died. A broad variety of flowers have been used in recent years to express sympathy; here are some of the meanings behind the language of flowers.
Definitely the most commonly associated with funerals, white lilies are often interpreted as a symbol of the innocence and purity of the soul, restored to the departed. There are several kinds; Calla, Stargazer, and Casablanca-all beautiful, sculpted blooms. They do come in many colours but white, symbolising majesty and purity is the most popular for funerals.
Gladioli have a tall flower stem composed of multiple flowers that can measure up to 4 feet tall. They look stunning used in fan sprays and make a classic and elegant arrangement for traditional funeral services. The gladiolus embodies strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity. They are available in a wide range of colours, including white, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salmon, and green.
Roses look and smell gorgeous in any funeral arrangement. There are many colours to choose from; white roses evoke reverence, humility, innocence, and youthfulness. Red roses convey respect, love, and courage. Pink roses signify love, grace, appreciation and gentility. Dark crimson roses denote grief and sorrow and are often used together with white ones as part of a sympathy arrangement. Yellow roses are given by friends of the deceased to symbolize their strong ties. When you include a single rose in a bouquet it expresses enduring love for the deceased.
These flowers work nicely in sympathy arrangements and are quite long-lasting. They come in a broad array of colours; each has a different meaning. Pink carnations signify remembrance; white stand for love and innocence. They look wonderful en masse in a large arrangement and often smell beautiful too.
White chrysanthemums are frequently included in arrangements of flowers for funeral services, as it is symbolic of death, lamentation, and grief. In some countries, white chrysanthemums also symbolise truth-flowers have different meanings in different countries so if sending flowers abroad it’s wise to check with the florist-for instance
in China, Japan and Korea, white chrysanthemums are used for funerals but in the US, the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful, with New Orleans as a notable exception.
Orchids say “I will always love you”. Available either as a plant or in a spray, pink and white are traditionally the colours associated with condolences. There are many types of orchid, but the phalaenopsis orchid and dendrobium orchid are appropriate plants to denote sympathy.
Daffodils and Tulips
These sunny flowers are more suited to a home delivery than a funeral service; plants of each type may be planted on the grave or in a garden to remember the person who’s gone, and to symbolise renewal and fresh starts. They’re happy, encouraging flowers and are a symbol of hope. Tulips represent elegance and grace; with yellow tulips represent cheerfulness, white represents forgiveness, and purple represents royalty. The red tulip is said to represent perfect love.
Whatever flower you choose to express your sentiments to the family of the departed, thoughtfulness, sincerity and support are always welcome at a difficult time. For further advice and a wide selection of choices, see www.flowers123.ie