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Everything you need to know when buying flowers for a funeral

casket sprayFunerals are difficult enough without having to further compound things by not knowing how to purchase flowers for this occasion.
A tradition that stretches back literally thousands and thousands of times (even older than the Roman Empire), bringing flowers – or having them delivered – to a funeral is an important symbol of respect, admiration, and love.

At the same time, you may or may not (and hopefully haven’t) had a lot of experience in sending flowers to a funeral or choosing the particular ones that will make up the arrangement you have professionally prepared.

If you are looking for a couple of tips to help you better prepare the right flowers for a few, hopefully the “inside information” provided below gives you exactly that. Outlined as a “three-step process”, there are a number of subtle details, nuances, and specific areas that you’ll want to focus on to make sure that the funeral flowers you have sent to a service (or have professionally arranged) are picture-perfect and convey exactly the types of sentiment that you had been hoping to.

Let’s dive right in!

Choose the actual flowers themselves

Funeral cross arrangementThe very first thing that you’re going to want to do is actually choose the flowers that will make up at the arrangement that you are going to have prepared.

This may seem a bit on the obvious side of things at first, but the truth of the matter is with today’s floral selection you are going to have an almost unlimited amount of options before you – some of them picture-perfect for the mood and sentiment you are hoping to convey, and some of them not exactly funeral appropriate.

Picking in choosing the right flowers for this funeral flower arrangement can be a real nightmare if you aren’t sure of where to start or what to look for, so hopefully you gain a better understanding with these tips and tricks.

The very first thing that you are going to want to do its focus on the deceased themselves, and try to build a funeral floral arrangement around the flowers that they appreciated most while they were still alive. You may or may not have this information on hand or readily available, but it’s certainly the kind of thing that you will want to (discreetly) inquire about if you have the opportunity.

If you do not, don’t be afraid of picking and choosing flowers that traditionally represent the energy level, charismatic nature, or love and compassion that the deceased enjoyed while they were still with us.

Have these funeral flowers professionally arranged

standing spray funeral floral tributesThe second step in this process is to make the commitment to have these flowers arranged professionally by a funeral floral specialist that knows exactly what they are doing.

There is a world of difference between floral arrangements that have been created or curated by floral professionals that have been doing these kinds of arrangements for their entire professional life, and those that are whipped up with absolutely no consideration whatsoever by your local flower shop or grocery store.

Obviously, you’re going to want to convey as much respect, admiration, and affection as possible when you are providing flowers for this location – and you’ll need a professional touch to do exactly that. Anything short of a professional floral arrangement runs the risk of looking at least a little bit disrespectful (and at the very least absent-minded on your behalf) – two things that you do not want to have to worry about when dealing with everything else that funerals bring to the table.

Depending upon the calibre of relationship that you shared with the deceased, you may even want to consider having “custom arrangements” crafted. Obviously, you’re really going to want to think about other respect level, the relationship that you enjoyed, and how this kind of gesture will be interpreted by those still living and also hoping to pay their respects to the deceased.

Funerals are not the time or place to “show off” or to really drive home how much of a favourite you really were. Instead, they are a place for mutual respect and admiration to be shared, memories to be related, and a life well lived to be celebrated.

If you’re floral arrangement represents the good things about their life, you can bet that it will be well received by everyone else.

Have been delivered according to the wishes of the deceased’s family.

open heart wreath funeral flower arrangementFinally, and somewhat controversially, you’ll likely want to have these funeral flowers delivered for you by the professional florist and not have to worry about carrying them up to the service.

With so many other things swirling around a funeral, you’re not going to want to have to worry about remembering to pick up these flowers, bring them to the service, carry them in to the service in front of everyone, and then possibly have to take care of them after the service has concluded.

By electing instead to have been delivered by the professionals responsible for arranging them in preparing them for you, you are allowing these experts to do what they do best – while at the same time giving yourself permission to focus on the funeral, the deceased, and the emotions that you are likely dealing with.

This allows you to better manage everything that is going to be swirling around, and gives you a bit of extra control when you may not feel any control whatsoever. Funerals and having people that you care about pass away are jarring and shocking experiences, and you’re going to need to make sure that you are doing your level best to stay out in front of any chaotic or potentially disastrous situations.

Make sure that you provide the professional funeral floral experts with all of the critical details regarding the service, the funeral, and anything else that may help them pull off a successful and streamlined delivery and you should have no trouble whatsoever with this moving forward.