It can be difficult to know what to do when a loved one passes. You just don’t know how you’re going to react. Having said this, you’ve got to get prepared, get things in order, even though it could be the last thing on your mind. If you’re part of the immediate family of the deceased, you’ve got to make funeral preparations. This can be a headache in itself. Hopefully, for your sake, you’ve got some close family you can call upon to give you a helping hand.
Choosing funeral flowers may not seem like much, but it can be a big part of the funeral preparations. A lot of people get funeral flowers delivered as a means of expressing their sympathies. These flowers are usually funeral sprays or baskets. Such flowers can be placed around your family home, or the place of worship, where the funeral takes place. But when it comes to funeral wreaths, that’s commonly left up to you and other close family members to decide. But how do you go about choosing a wreath? There are plenty of options, you have no shortage of choice. Sometimes that isn’t what you want. It can be time-consuming and when your mind’s somewhere else, you don’t want to be spending an age choosing a funeral wreath.
• Keep in mind the person’s likes and dislikes. You could just go for any wreath, the traditional ones, the wreaths that most people decide to use. They are quite traditional in the sense that they’re made up of certain flowers, and are quite neutral in colour. But don’t feel that you have to stick to such a colour scheme, such a design. If you are aware that the deceased liked a certain flower, or a certain colour, you should definitely think about getting your florist to incorporate the design in the wreath.
• During this time, during the shock of it all, you may have a “cost is no problem, is no barrier” approach to arranging the funeral. Although you’d want your loved one to have the best send-off possible, funerals can be rather expensive. You’ve got to keep this in mind, especially if and when money’s tight. You can’t let the finances get out of hand. Wreathes can be expensive. It may not be something you particularly want to do, but got to different flower shops so you can look around for the best prices.
• Be sensitive to the religion that the deceased practiced. In some religions, wreaths won’t be the flower arrangement of choice.
• The circular nature and flowers used when arranging wreaths, symbolise that love and emotion are never ending. If there’s a flower or arrangement that has symbolic meaning to you, don’t hesitate to incorporate it into the design.
• The most common, traditional flowers incorporated into the circular wreath designs, are lilies, roses, daisies, gladioli, and chrysanthemums. Most floral experts should be able to work with these, should have them available to make up in a wreath, even at short notice.
• Wreaths can even be given as a gift. They’re generally left to close family to choose and arrange, but if you’re a close friend, or perhaps distant family, you can purchase one to show your sympathies. There are normally multiple wreaths in a funeral. Wreaths adorn the casket, or they can be stood beside or up against the coffin. Wreaths will feature prominently in the send-off.
There really is no right or wrong way when it comes to choosing a funeral wreath. Have your preferences in mind, then speak to a floral expert and make it possible.