Posts Tagged ‘Sympathy’

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Sympathy-Tribute-for-a-Horse-Lover---Close-Up--—-By-Dandelions-Flowers-&-Gifts,-LLC,-in-Eugene,-OregonAt some point in all of our lives, we have to face the hardship that accompanies the death of a loved one. Perhaps someone you know is going through this difficult time right now with their family.

The memorial service, funeral, celebration of life, or “goodbye party” as my mother-in-law wished it to be called, is a time to honor and remember an individual and what they mean to others.

Flowers are an integral piece of the memorial process because they have an almost-magical way of conveying emotion that can’t always be expressed in words. Meaning has been associated with flowers and plants for thousands of years, which explains why they have always been present at farewell rituals.

Today, florists are able to incorporate specific flowers or personal items into a custom floral design that can be as unique as the person it represents. It brings personal aspects of an individual’s life into the beautiful floral creation. This can be cathartic for close friends and family, but also shares the history and passion of the individual with others in attendance.

A special hat and lariat might be incorporated to remember a rancher. A fishing pole and lures built into the casket flowers or standing easel for an avid fisherman. Personalizing floral expressions doesn’t just have to be from the family. Members of an organization or society may send their emblem or symbol in floral form to the service as a collective remembrance from the group.

So if you’re searching for a way to highlight a loved one’s personality, hobby or career, let flowers help with the talking. It’s amazing what they can say. Read More

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Sympathy Flowers Help Connect Us

by Ardith Beveridge on January 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

My mother collected turtle figurines. She had hundreds of them. For her service, I placed figurines that she loved from the grandchildren in and around her casket spray and in other floral tributes. Everyone was delighted with the hunt for turtles.

Many years ago, my friend’s father, an avid ice fisherman, died. My friend asked me to make the casket spray for the service, as I knew her father well. He loved fishing, and we collected ice fishing poles, a small bait bucket, an ice hole scooper and fishing hats — one said, “I fish with Grandpa” — to display in the floral tribute. We placed the hats in the center of the design with the fishing equipment sprinkled around. The design included cattails, branches, twigs and moss. Flowers in front hung down with small branches and greens to resemble under the water. We tied small fish onto the ice fishing poles with monofilament line. It was designed for Grandpa.

The tribute drew an overwhelming response from guests at the service. Everyone wanted to know who created it. So many were asking me questions about the design, I was embarrassed to be the center of attention instead of Grandpa. I went outside and debated internally if I should leave.

My friend came out to find me, and I told her my concerns. She said in a nice way, “What makes you think this is about you?” Read More

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Say It with Flowers

by Lisa Greene on January 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Greene-SympathyFlagHave you heard the phrase, “Say it with flowers?” There is a reason for the phrase — flowers really do help people say things that are often difficult to put into words. One of the hardest things to say is, “I am so sorry for your loss.” Words don’t seem to be enough. As a florist, there’s a special skill in listening to another human being express to you the need to tell someone how they feel. We are turning those feelings into flowers. When we do it well it makes us feel that we chose the right profession because we’re helping another person. Every story can be told with flowers when it comes to sympathy design. Read More

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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