Posts Tagged ‘funeral’

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Personalized Sympathy Tributes

by Tim Farrell on August 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

He loved the beachAs a retail florist, I have the honor of helping families plan services for loved ones. I create custom floral arrangements personalized to celebrate life. When a grieving family comes to me, I ask if it would be OK to ask them some questions about their loved one. I want to get a better understanding of what would be the most appropriate floral tribute for their service.

If I find out their loved one was the matriarch, a lady who lived a full life surrounded by many people who loved her, a lady who perhaps made quilts for her family members, a hobby she was passionate about and enjoyed sharing with her family and friends, I might suggest a special floral design featuring a large heart on an easel with a multitude of flowers paved in a quilting pattern. Read More

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‘Quiet Ambassadors of Love’

by Jennifer Sparks on May 25, 2011 at 9:45 am
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Photo courtesy of Monday Morning Flowers and Balloon Co.

Having worked for the floral industry for almost 20 years, I’ve talked with many family, friends, and acquaintances who question the practicality of sympathy flowers or are confused by the ‘in lieu of flowers’ phrase often seen in death notices and obituaries. Having been to my share of funerals I have seen first hand the healing nature of flowers during a time when words cannot express. But a recent correspondence from Bobbie Nelson, a funeral director’s wife, sums it up so beautifully I have to  share her thoughts:

I recently received an e-mail saying “How many flowers end up at the funeral home and how many flowers did the dead person enjoy while they were alive?” This got me to think about both industries, florists and funeral homes.  Quiet ambassadors of love, flowers, yes, flowers. As a funeral director’s wife I have had the honor of standing by others in times of loss and grief. When confusion and pain run so deep, words are intrusive and unwelcome. When hearts are too full for anything except flowers. They stand in their place and tell those who are left, we love them. We are thinking about them right at this moment in time. We care deeply.

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