If you’re having a traditional service, one of the decisions you will need to make is what funeral flower arrangements to order. While loved ones will likely send floral arrangements to express sympathy, it’s common for the family of the deceased to order some larger pieces as decor.
If you don’t know the proper florist terms and what’s available for funerals and memorials, here are some of the most common types of funeral flower arrangements:
If your loved one is to be buried, some families opt for a casket spray arrangement that goes on top of the closed lid. They are made using greenery and long-stemmed flowers.
Pedestal Urn Arrangements
Not to be confused with a burial urn, these funeral arrangements are designed to sit on the floor, or on a riser near the casket or podium. These arrangements usually feature tall tapered long-stemmed flowers. Some florists will put ribbons on these with a name.
Wreath on an Easel
Funeral wreaths can be made using real or artificial flowers. They can come in the traditional circle shape, or be something more ornate, such as a cross. Some families put a photo of the deceased in the centre. The are propped up on an easel and placed in a prominent location at the funeral.
Bouquets in Vases
In addition to the flowers near or on the casket or urn, some families opt for some smaller vases for the reception. You could also place a smaller vase near the book of memories. These can also be used next to a burial urn.
For some graveside services, families will hand out single stems to guests to place on the casket before the burial. Traditionally, these are red long-stemmed roses, but can be whatever the family chooses.
If you have more questions about flowers, talk to the staff at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre in Markham. They can recommend local florists and explain the best options for your needs.