We will be pleased to offer help and advice on flowers, including suggestions for your arrangements. Whether you want traditional carnations, lilies, or roses, or something a little more unique to help commemorate the life of your loved one, flowers can prove to be a beautiful addition on the day of the funeral.
Funeral flowers etiquette
While many of the friends and family of the deceased might want to buy flowers for the funeral, people are often put off. This can often be because they don’t know what is deemed polite or what might be considered presumptuous. A few guidelines include:
- Flowers on top of the coffin are chosen and provided by the immediate family
- Other close friends and family choose from custom arrangements such as wreaths and other shapes
- Those who are less close to the deceased usually choose from bouquets and sheaf shapes
Sympathy messages for funeral flowers
Another concern for many who wish to provide flowers at a funeral is what message they should write in the accompanying card. This is entirely a personal choice, and it is appropriate to put anything from ‘Rest in Peace’ to a more personalised message. Note that conventionally the message should be directed to the person who has passed away, rather than to their nearest and dearest.
We recommend a number of florists, who will deliver flowers to the funeral director two hours before the time of the funeral, unless otherwise stated.
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Donations Instead of flowers
Sometimes the family may wish to restrict the floral tributes and instead request donations to a favourite charity. In this case, if the funeral has been planned by Alan Greenwood, you can send a cheque made out to the charity to us, and we will forward it on for you and advise the family. Alternatively, you may wish to make a donation online through our obituary link.
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