Funerals bring with them many mixed emotions. With these mixed emotions, one can have a difficult time in picking out the proper funeral flowers. Flowers have traditionally been accepted practice as a way to expressing sympathy and showing those grieving that you care and are there for them. It is also considered a sign of affection and respect for the deceased.
When already dealing with so many mixed emotions, picking the proper funeral flowers can become overwhelming. There are so many different options. Your relationship with the deceased plays a role in choosing the proper funeral flowers and where they should be delivered. Following proper funeral etiquette, if you were not close with the deceased, but are a close friend to the survivors, sending funeral flowers to the home and/or funeral home is acceptable.
When sending funeral flowers to the funeral home, make sure they are delivered a day before the services. Always respect the personal beliefs and wishes of the family members overseeing the funeral arrangements including religious beliefs. For example, if the deceased is of an orthodox Jewish decent would find this offensive and you should send flowers to the home of their family member instead. Pay attention to religious motifs that can be on certain arrangements. If you are unsure of the religious beliefs, go with a funeral flower arrangement that holds no religious motifs.
Sympathy flowers are a way of expressing are deepest sentiments to those who have lost a loved one, and to honor the life of the deceased. When sending sympathy flowers, it is important to use a reliable florist like Brant Florist. You want the freshest flowers used in your display providing a long lasting sympathy flower arrangement. Many do not give it much consideration, however, many funeral services last more than a day. You want your sympathy flowers to hold up throughout the viewing and funeral and still be able to go home with the family to bring them some comfort during their sorrow.
Some flowers, such as carnations, mums, or lilies are known for their staying power and make excellent choices for an arrangement of sympathy flowers to display at the funeral home, the service, or the burial. Other suitable choices of sympathy flowers that have lasting power are snapdragons, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Most cut greens such as philodendron last quite long and make an outstanding addition to your funeral arrangement.
It can be hard to know exactly how to comfort a friend, associate, or family member who is going through the loss of a loved one. Sending a beautiful flower arrangement is a great step in the right direction to express your condolences and let them know that you are there for them if they should need you.
When it comes to expressing concern for another, flowers are the best gift you can send. Their beauty and fragrance alone will show you care along with a heart felt note to the recipient.
Mother Nature has provided us with a bounty of beautiful flowers to help us express our emotions from regret, sympathy, to love, happiness, celebration and tender thoughts. When you want to relay these emotions, flowers are the best route regardless if you are sending them next door or across the nation.
Many flowers have their own sentiment attached to them making a gift of flowers even more special when selecting your flowers in such a manner. Some flowers are known for their sentiment in expressing friendship like a yellow rose. If you want your flowers to represent a particular emotion, call Brant Florist and let their expert team create the perfect arrangement that will relay your sentiments beautifully. When you want to express your concerns or any other thought or feeling, let flowers help you.
According to rigorous research, it has been found that sympathy flowers have a bigger effect on those in mourning than just honoring the deceased. Sympathy flowers have been found to give a warm feeling to a memorial setting as well as brighten a otherwise darkened moment. They have also been found to have a huge impact on the emotional well being of those in mourning. A behavioral research study done by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. of Harvard University emphasizes the calming and fortifying feelings that flowers create. Study showed that flowers do have a strong positive effect on ones emotions and that people are naturally attracted to them. Previous studies have proven that flowers do have a strong effect on ones emotional well being easing depression, anxiousness, and agitation when receiving flowers. They have also shown that those who receive flowers have a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. (Rutgers, State Univ. of New Jersey; Journal of Evolutionary Psychology)
The bereavement process is a high emotional time where flowers can play a huge role in easing some of pain during this time. There is a new trend in funeral planning with the use of “in lieu of flowers” where the family will ask that instead of sending flowers, those who want to pay respect to the deceased send money to a particular charity. However, in light of the benefits flowers can bring to a memorial service, it is hard to imagine one without them. Although the sentiment is nice in being charitable, it takes away those who want to pay respect to the deceased the ability to express their sympathy in a manner that is comfortable to them. For many, flowers are customary and what is comfortable for them to express sympathy for the loss of a loved one. For those who are in the unfortunate position of planning a funeral, a better phrase to use when incorporating a charitable contribution to a particular cause are “Donations may be made to (charity)”, “The family has designated (charity) for memorial contributions”, or “The (charity) Memorial has been established for those wishing to make a contribution” so the ability for those to express sympathy do not feel as if their hands are tied. This is not being stated to diminish the deceased or family wishes, just to give alternatives so those who feel the need to send flowers can do so as well without feeling as if they are showing any disrespect.
Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who have lost their life while in the military services. In honoring these fallen soldiers, many visit the gravesides of these lost heroes and pay honor by placing flowers on their graves. Fresh cut flowers are always a nice selection to place in the vases provided at many cemeteries. It also gives a person to select the flowers of preference and arrange them how they see fit. An order of fresh cut flowers can be enough to pay honor to two gravesides if chosen or to create a large flower arrangement for one. Consider fresh flowers this Memorial Day to adorn the resting places when paying honor to those you have loved and lost.