Funeral Flowers & Condolences Flowers
According to a study conducted, after family, friends, and eulogy, flowers rank first among those who have lost a family member or friend as the most meaningful aspect of funerals. Furthermore, at a time of loss, recipients rank flowers and sympathy cards as the most meaningful of gifts. Those surveyed believe fresh flowers are a critical component of funerals, providing a necessary diversion, something to talk about, and a bright environment at a sombre time.
Asked to identify gifts and memorials that helped a great deal with grief, a majority of surveyed respondents named flowers. Respondents also agreed strongly that looking at the cards to see who sent flowers is a comfort.
Flowers show respect for the deceased, as well as loving support to the family and friends, especially when you cannot be there in person. Flowers also make for a more pleasant atmosphere, helping those present feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. With flowers at a service, you help create a lasting and beautiful memory for those who have gathered to mourn the loss of someone dear.
Even when a charity or other organization has been selected to receive financial contributions in memory of the deceased, flowers are considered by most to be an appropriate expression of additional sympathy and support.
Flowers can reflect many religious beliefs, including eternal life and rebirth. Your floral consultant is well aware of the differences between faiths and will assist you in this regard.
There is a wide variety of floral tributes for every budget. Among them: table arrangements; standing arrangements; sprays; casket drapes; flower beds; wreaths; and other designs which reflect a more personal aspect of the deceased, such as favoured flowers, colours, and styles. Here, too, your professional florist can advise you.
Among floral sympathy expressions, distinctive fresh flower designs with stands are becoming increasingly popular as they are presentable, respectfully appropriate and easily placed in a funeral wake with taking much of a foot print.
In Singapore, funeral flowers or condolences flowers are normally delivered to the wakes (normally held at residences or funeral houses or parlours). Wakes (a vigil held by the immediate family members of the deceased) can be held within a day to about 5 days depending on the wishes and practices of the family. After the vigil, the casket is then transported to the crematorium. Funeral flowers can be sent to any race or religion (except to the Muslim community) as they are universally accepted. In Singapore, it is not a practice to send flowers to the homes after the funeral, hence it is best to send during the wake before the funeral is over. For more information about funerals in Singapore, please visit the National Environment Agency Website at: http://www.nea.gov.sg/
Guide for choosing the right condolence flowers:
Choosing the right colour for a flower arrangement :- There is no right or wrong colour. Keep in mind that funeral arrangements are meant to give people something to look at while they are remembering the person they have lost. Order a flower arrangement you feel is best suited to this occasion. Typically if you are unsure of the deceased religion or culture, white/cream and green colours are standard for condolences and funerals. Occasionally, a dash of purple or yellow flowers to the predominantly white and green colours could make condolence flower arrangement stands out. Many times you can leave this up to your florist.
Choosing the right size for your sympathy flowers: – Any sized flower gift you send to the funeral will be appropriate. There are often end tables for smaller flower displays, pedestals for medium displays and larger flower arrangements sometimes come with their own stand.
Giving your flower arrangement a personal touch: – As your florist if they have any suggestions for making your sympathy flower arrangement special. They may have special items they can mix in with the flowers particularly if you know the deceased or family well. For example, golf club figurines a golf fan or a doll or stuffed toy for a child. You can also incorporate your own memorial objects into the arrangement. If you don’t have the opportunity to give them to your florist personally, you can still add your personal touch to the flower arrangement once you arrive at the funeral home. The family normally takes these arrangements home, so they’ll notice the special touch you’ve added.