I have had the privilege recently of making some very personal sympathy tributes and thought that I would share my views on funerals and sympathy related flowers.
When a loved one friend or family member leaves us it is an incredibly emotional time. To be honest, probably the last thing on our minds when we are sorting out their funeral arrangements, is to worry about what floral tribute we are going to honour them with.
However, as a florist I truly feel it is the nicest thing we can do for someone before we say our last goodbyes, and it is certainly one which I take very seriously.
Too often I have attended funerals and been really disappointed in the flowers which some funeral homes/florists have provided. The coffin is generally the focus for those attending the service and as such I wouldn't want anyone to criticise what I have made.
When families are bereaved they are under an extreme amount of pressure and shock and sometimes it is easiest just to let someone else take care of the details. However, I would urge anyone who finds themselves in this tragic situation to consider what the deceased would have liked, what flowers did they enjoy, a favourite colour perhaps? Talk to your local florist and see what they can suggest. Sometimes a quick chat with someone who does not use a 'conveyor belt' funeral flower service could be exactly what you need and allow you to add personal touches to the flowers.
I hope you haven't found this blog too morbid I just felt it was something I needed to share :-)