Flowers are an integral part of our lives, arriving on the day of a baby’s birth and having a presence through all of life’s celebrations and happy occasions. However, not all occasions are full of joy, and one of the more difficult times of life is saying goodbye to a friend or loved one. Still, flowers are there to provide beauty, solace, honor and compassion. Knowing which flowers to send to the memorial service, grave site, or the family’s home will make the selection of flowers easier during an emotional time. The professionals at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts are here to assist in any way we can.
Traditional Flowers of Sympathy? The gladiolus has long been considered the traditional flower which is representative of remembrance. While the gladioli bloom has a rich history in this regard, any flower may be used for funeral arrangements. Families will often choose the deceased favorite flowers or colors to create expressions of love that are more personal and intimate.
It is considered the responsibility of the family to choose the flowers for the casket, urn, or funeral service. While well meaning friends or family may wish to take this burden off them, it is a very personal choice. Should you wish to assist the family with expense, simply let them know you are happy to pay for the flowers, but leave the selection entirely to them.
For extended family, work colleagues or friends, there are several options for appropriate floral gifts. If you are sending flowers directly to the funeral home, a standing spray, wreath, or cross is perfect. You can personalize these formal arrangements to reflect the pastime you shared, the type of work you did, or the relationship you had with the decedent. Please note that these formal arrangements are generally to be sent to a personal residence.
If you are sending flowers to the family home, consider a beautiful bouquet, a flower basket, or green plants. Don’t forget to add a card with a short, simple message of sympathy. For a special touch, you may also wish to schedule a floral arrangement to be delivered in a month or two as well. When the visitors have gone and the services are over, it is comforting to the family to know that they are still in your thoughts.
Donations in Lieu of Flowers? Sometimes families ask for donations to be made to a favorite organization or charity in lieu of flowers. However, a Harvard University study has actually proven that flowers play an important role in processing grief; and many friends and relatives still want to send flowers as a tangible expression of love and support. If you wish to make a donation as requested do so, but you may also wish to send flowers to surround the family with beauty and comfort.
The team at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts are very sorry for your loss, and we here to help in any way we can. We deliver to all Naples area funeral homes, and will take care of all the arrangements to ensure your flowers arrive.