Funeral Flower Arrangements
By George Inggs
For many people, the colours, aroma and beauty of funeral flower arrangements are more than just a decoration or simple adornment. They represent hope and life itself and play an important part in the celebration of the memory of a lost loved one. The sheer variety of blooms available mean an almost unlimited number of simple, yet elegant, combinations are available to personalise a funeral service and remind those attending of the personality and vibrancy of the person who’s passed away.
The use of flowers as adornments and decorations at funeral celebrations can be traced back through history and while their original use to mask any unpleasant odours is no longer relevant, thanks to the creation of modern preservative chemicals and processes, flowers have continued to play a large part in the process of farewelling a loved one. As the tradition evolved, various types of arrangements have come into common use, each of which is designed with a specific purpose in mind.
Here are a few of the more common ones:
Often, rather than, or in addition to a large ornate arrangement, single blooms are brought by close relatives or friend of the person who’s passed away. These can be a powerful symbol of the close bond shared between loved ones and are a very personal way to demonstrate the loving connection made by those individuals or groups. Some of the more common blooms used are roses, typically red to symbolise love, as well as more informal blooms such as bright and vibrant gerberas.
You can browse our ever growing gallery of some of the single blooms we offer as a part of our service by clicking here.
Flower sheaf arrangements
Flower sheafs are typically smaller, often hand tied, bouquets of various blooms. They are often tied in such a way as to lay flat and still look full and beautifully presented. They can be a very elegant, yet understated way to arrange flowers at a funeral. They also tend to be cheaper to make, while still performing the function of a fuller arrangement. Some families prefer a single bloom, say white roses, while others might prefer a mixed sheaf arrangement, or even a more unusual arrangement of natives.
You can browse our ever growing gallery of some of the sheaf arrangements we offer as a part of our service by clicking here.
Vase arrangements offer a more typical upright arrangement which can be presented in a number of ways – either as a feature arrangement, or to compliment other arrangements in the service. A huge range of arrangements are possible, with the ability to compliment the flowers in the arrangement with the vase itself. These arrangements are one of the easier arrangements to transport and can last longer after the funeral, since they can be watered and maintained like any other vase arrangement. They are a practical, but stunning, way to add colour and life to the celebration of a loved one.
You can browse our ever growing gallery of some of the vase arrangements we offer as a part of our service by clicking here.
Casket sprays are the beautifully arranged flowers that are normally placed on top of a coffin or casket. In most cultures, this funeral flower arrangement is generally bought by family members and often accompany other, smaller, arrangements of similar flowers. Casket sprays are available in full or half sizes, although generally full length casket sprays are used as they completely cover the coffin or casket and transform it into a beautiful tribute. Casket sprays are our most common arrangement, with roses typically being the most popular option, but we’re seeing more and more variations with bright gerberas, stunning carnations or even a full native casket spray.
You can browse our ever growing gallery of some of the casket sprays we offer as a part of our service by clicking here.
If none of the typical arrangements are suitable, or if the person who’s passed away has a special place in the heart of those left behind, often the family, or friends, will purchase a custom-made arrangement of flowers. These arrangements typically come in a variety of specific shapes, often forming love hearts, religious symbols or even words like Mum or Dad. While these are the most expensive of our floral arrangement options, we think that the bespoke options are a cut above the average when it comes to remembering those special people in our lives.
You can browse our ever growing gallery of some of the casket sprays we offer as a part of our service by clicking here. Also, because this range of arrangements is custom made, we are able to offer a large variety not shown in our gallery.
If you have a special requirement, or would simply like to find out more about any of our range of floral arrangements, please contact us today for more information. Also, keep coming back to our galleries as we’re always adding new arrangements and will soon have the option for you to purchase flowers directly from our website.
Visit our partner Flowers By Louise to see more stunning examples of floral arrangements.