In most religious and cultural funeral traditions, it is customary to honor the deceased with flowers. Oftentimes, different floral arrangements are chosen for display at the funeral service than are selected for the burial casket. If you are planning a funeral for a loved one and want to be able to make your floral arrangement selections with confidence, read through the following information.
Flowers for the Casket Depending on the funeral services you are planning for your loved one, you may need to choose two sets of flowers. For the funeral service itself, it is customary to choose a large arrangement to adorn the top of the casket as it is displayed during the ceremony. If a viewing will be held for your loved one, a small arrangement that sits comfortably at the foot of the casket is also recommended. When choosing these arrangements, consider the design of the casket and coordinate your selection accordingly. The florist you work with will be able to provide you with recommendations of flower types and colors that pair well with your loved one’s casket. Of these options, choose the funeral floral arrangement that you think your loved one would have liked best.
Flowers for the Service When you are choosing flowers for a wall or table arrangement, look for options that represent the personality of the deceased. Consider your loved one’s age, interests, and floral preferences. If he or she had a favorite bloom, try to incorporate it into the arrangement. Choose colors that he or she was fond of, and consider commissioning an arrangement in a shape that speaks to your loved one’s interests. From a football jersey to a nation’s flag, your options are endless. If you are planning a funeral for a child, consider a floral arrangement in the shape of a stuffed animal or favorite cartoon character.
When choosing flowers for your loved one’s funeral, work with an experienced, skilled, and passionate florist who can design the perfect arrangements for your loved one. The funeral providers at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward can recommend a local florist who is reliable. We also offer burial, cremation, and funeral planning services. Call (866) 475-9407 for more information.