CHOOSING YOUR TRIBUTE
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Funeral flowers are a traditional way to pay tribute to the deceased, however some people hesitate to send flowers to a funeral because they are unsure of the proper etiquette. We're here to help with a handy guide on how to choose funeral flowers. Here are some things to consider when choosing funeral flowers for a loved one.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE DECEASED
Your relationship to the deceased will determine what type of funeral tribute is most appropriate to send. Typically funeral etiquette dictates that:
THE FAITH OF THE DECEASED AND THEIR FAMILY
Funeral etiquette varies from faith to faith. What may be appropriate in one culture may not be in another. To avoid unintentional upset it is important to be sensitive to the faith of the deceased and their family before ordering funeral flowers. As a guide:
THE FAMILY'S WISHES
Some families will ask for charitable donations instead of flowers. This will usually be stated in any obituary notices or funeral announcements that appear in your local newspaper. If this is the case then it is good etiquette to follow the family's wishes.
EXPERT ADVICE FROM YOUR FLORIST
Selecting a fitting funeral flowers tribute requires careful thought and consideration. This is where the advice and guidance of your local Interflora florist can prove invaluable. Our experienced florists will be able to talk you through the various different types of funeral flower arrangements and help you choose a profound and heartfelt tribute to the deceased. They are also likely to have a working relationship with your local funeral directors so will be able to liaise with them on your behalf to answer any questions you may have with regards to when and where the flowers need to be delivered.
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
A funeral is one occasion where the meaning of flowers is more signifcant than ever. The traditional language of flowers provides a way to express your feelings and send a meaningful message. Top funeral flowers include
Don't forget that flowers can take on different meanings depending on their colour. A red rose for example symbolises ever-lasting love while a pink rose represents grace and elegance.
INCLUDING A MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE
If you send flowers to a funeral, always include a card so that the family know who the flowers are from. While it can be difficult to compose a sympathy card message at such a difficult time, a few kind words of remembrance or comfort are all that is needed. If you need a little help to get started take a look at our list of funeral flower messages for inspiration.
A GUIDE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FUNERAL FLOWERS