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The Trouble With Asking “In Lieu of Flowers”

Posted by Suzie Canale on Mon, Mar 27, 2017

When a loved one passes away, it is a trying time for all family and friends to grieve for their loss.  The ceremonies following the death can be unbearably stressful for those who must make the arrangements such as burial, cremation and funeral services and can result in conflict between relatives regarding how the process should be run.  Since we all come from a multitude of different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and preferences, appeasing everyone can be extremely difficult when executing a proper memorial.

One issue that seems to be a popular conflict is whether or not to include flowers in the ritual.  Two reasons why a funeral often rejects the acceptance is because some feel gifting a basket of blooms is unnecessary or others believe a small token should be instead given to the charity of the family’s choice.  Supporting the financial administration of non-profit organization in memory of those who have past is a sweet idea but did you know that only 5% of people in attendance actually donate to the cause at all?  It’s human nature to want to do something for those in pain, particularly during a time of mourning but what we’re missing here is the actual event of gathering supporters and comforting one another.  


Eliminating flowers from the funeral procession can actually work against family and guests as well as substantiate a cold and negative platform- a message that most hosts do not want to encourage.  Allowing visitors to add bright colors of blooms in baskets, vases and other memorial pieces boosts a feeling of soothing and solace instead of the rigidity of simply placing a casket in the middle of the room.  The shock of this can also be alarming to many people who are anxious in this type of situation thus permitting them to send flowers can be a wonderful way to ease discomfort.  Places where funerals occur are generally dark and gloomy places so integrating arrangements that elevate joy and cheerfulness is an excellent strategy to make the occasion easier for all to experience.


If you’re wondering what appropriate floral pieces might be, look over these beautiful examples of proper blossom etiquette when enduring the loss of a loved one.

Funeral Wreaths are usually covered with varieties such as roses and carnations and are typically placed right next to the casket and moved to the gravesite for the burial.  

Casket Covers are designed to be long and flat and can consist of whatever flowers you prefer although lilies, roses and hydrangea seem to be the most popular.  Customarily, guests will take a single stem from the display and place it over the casket as a sentiment to the deceased.

Memorial arrangements can be similar to everyday bouquets in vases and range from pastel mixtures to bright pops of color.  Pieces are usually sent to the funeral home and displayed in the lobby for the wake and moved later for the actual funeral.  

Tags: Sympathy Flowers, Funeral Florist, Funeral Flowers, Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's Funeral Flowers

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

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When a music legend like Whitney Houston passes away, the world mourns. From Boston to Belgium, Miami to Milan, the world comes out in droves to show their respect. The above photo shows the public shrine of teddy bears, balloons and flowers all left at the church in memory of this icon. Whitney's music touched the lives of so many and although we see her faults, we also show our thanks for the beauty she let into our world. One of the many wonderful traits of fresh flowers is beauty. One beautiful blossom makes a statement of love and appreciation.
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As a Boston florist who specializes in funeral tributes, I must give the utmost praise to whomever chose the flowers and styles for Whitney Houston's funeral. The subtle colors of lilac, white, off white and green are simple elegant and timeless that embody the grace and stature of Whitney Houston the artist.
Two traditional standing easel sprays were chosen to adorn the altar and flank each side of the casket giving the most traditional setting. Like the artist, the look is timeless. 
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Whitney's casket cover is spectacular. Kudos to the NY/NJ florist who created this masterpiece. The funeral flowers for the casket are the most important feature in any funeral. In the unfortunate event that you need to make funeral arrangements, do not neglect the importance of the flowers for the casket.

Tags: Funeral Florist, Funeral Flowers, Whitney Houston

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