Flowers & Stationary
Flowers are very important to many people. Floral tributes range from the more traditional to the completely unique and you can be as creative as you wish. You might find it helpful to consider whether the person who has died had a favourite flower or colour and whether there is a shape (such as a wreath or heart) that you feel is most fitting.
If you would like to, you can use your own home grown flowers or plants within the service. Also, you may choose to sow seeds at a burial site or give packets of seeds to friends and families to scatter in memory of the person who has died (as a funeral “favour”).
There are many options available to choose from when looking for the perfect floral arrangement. At Aftercare-Services, we listen to what you want and will help you to achieve this your way.
Some floral options include:
- Wreaths – Whilst these are the flower tributes that are most typically associated with funerals, they can be either traditional looking or made more unique with a personal touch of colour, logo or name.
- Funeral Crosses – Funeral crosses also have strong connection with funeral and they are traditionally sent by family or close friends. They are available in a range of colours and styles from most flower outlets.
- Posies – The posy tribute is circular so that the flowers can be viewed easily from all angles. They can be made to modern or traditional styles, and you can choose the most appropriate colour flowers and ribbons.
- Tied Sheaf – A tied sheaf looks very similar to a normal flower bouquet. However, it has now been made to suit funerals. The plastic that would usually surround the bouquet has been removed, it is instead tied and is aesthetically pleasing and stylish, giving a slightly more modern feel. You are able to choose whichever flower you would like incorporated into the sheaf and colours.
- Coffin Spray – A coffin spray tends to be placed on top of the coffin, either in the hearse or once at the ceremony location. These can be made to different sizes and colours of and type of flower can be chosen.
- Flowers woven into coffin – Single flowers and greenery can easily be attached and woven through the side of wicker, willow and bamboo coffins. These could be flowers picked from your own garden or provided by a florist, and you may wish to be involved in weaving the flowers into the coffin on the day of the funeral.
- Letter Tributes – Letter tributes will commonly accompany the coffin in the hearse. The most commonly used letter tributes are often the name of the person who has died or their relationship, for example ‘MUM’, nicknames are also used frequently. If this is an option you choose, you can once again select colours for the lettering as well as ribbons or other personalisation.
- Special Tributes – Special tributes are usually items (such as teddy bears, football shirts or hobby equipment) that you would associate with the person who has died that is then made out of flowers.
If you do have a specific idea in mind, you should discuss this with either the funeral director or your chosen florist. They will then will work with you to ensure that the floral tribute is exactly what you want.
Aftercare-Services are happy to organise and oversee the floral tributes once you have chosen, but if this is something you would prefer to do yourself using your preferred florist, that is fine.
Floral tributes can either be placed in the hearse by the funeral director prior to leaving Aftercare-Services Funerals or, if you wish, you can place them on to the coffin on arrival at your home or chosen location.A
Funeral stationery is a simple but effective way of personalising a funeral and provides an opportunity to create a unique memorial for everyone to take away with them.
More and more people are selecting beautifully designed Orders of Service, Attendance Cards, Memorial Cards and Bookmarks all of which can include photographs, readings, sports themes or personal family messages.
These, of course, are all optional but if it is something you would like to consider, Aftercare-Services Funerals are happy to talk about different options and designs that expand on the ideas that you already have.
Remember, there are no rules or obligations about what you should or should not have at a funeral service. It is about reflecting the person who has died and creating something that is helpful for you and your family and friends.