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Sending Floral Tributes

While nearly all funerals feature flowers, many families choose to have a just a small selection of arrangements donated by close relations only. Death announcements often specify 'no flowers' or 'family flowers only', and these wishes should be respected. The death announcement will often request a charitable donation be given, rather than flowers. The funeral director will usually co-ordinate the collection and distribution of donations.

If you cannot attend the funeral, or are unable to visit with the bereaved prior to the service, and there are not requests made about flowers, then it is a thoughtful gesture to send some. There is the option of sending flowers to the home of the bereaved prior to the funeral, or to send a more formal funeral arrangement for display in the hearse, at the service or at the graveside.

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It is usual for the spouse or close family members of the deceased to contribute towards one arrangement to be placed on the coffin. Other arrangements, usually from other family members, may be on display in the ceremony venue, or placed on the grave. It is best that more distant family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues restrict their floral tributes to more restrained and compact arrangements, and would most commonly be a hand-tied bouquet or small spray of flowers. Cards accompanying flowers should be kept brief and heartfelt. They are a message to the deceased and should be addressed to reflect this.

Traditionally, funeral flowers are white or cream, with pastels sometimes also used. Some families choose blooms in a favourite colour of the deceased. It is best to avoid sending any brightly coloured and especially striking arrangements, unless you consider it to be particularly appropriate for some reason. The funeral director will be able to advise you on the most fitting choice.

We have an extensive catalogue of funeral flowers on display at the funeral home from which arrangements can be chosen. Alternatively, options can be discussed with a florist who will usually have some helpful photographs and plenty of ideas. Flowers should be delivered on the day to ensure that they are fresh and look their best. The appointed florist with liaise with the funeral home to organise practical arrangements.

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