The passing on of a family member is a really tragic event. Be it an elderly person or a young person, losing a loved one is always painful. And at a funeral, you would find a lot of people with flowers and condolence messages on a card. But then you may start to wonder, as an immediate family member to the deceased, are you also expected to send flowers to the funeral.
Having knowledge about funeral etiquette can really be of substantial help in a case like this. Proper etiquettes can also assist you in choose the right flower that is best for the occasion. Although, it is important to note that some few customs are different depending on the family’s ethnicity or religion.
So, as immediate family members do you send flowers to the funeral? Yes, you are expected to send funeral flowers. As an immediate family member of the deceased, it is only proper that you send flowers to the funeral of the deceased. By doing so, you are actually bidding the deceased goodbye and paying your final respect to the deceased.
Knowing that as an immediate family member, you can send flowers to the funeral of a family member, it is not enough. You also need to know the types of flowers that you can send, as an immediate family member that would best suit the event. Seek an expert florist if you are unsure of the funeral etiquette.
Items being provided by the Immediate Family Member
For a funeral, different items are needed. Below is a list of items that are traditionally provided by the immediate family member.
● CASKET SPRAY
The casket spray is an item that is usually gotten by the deceased parents, children, siblings or spouse.
The condolence wreath also known as the pillow laid is another item is usually placed in the casket. They are usually laid at the end of the casket and are gotten by the deceased grandchildren, children, nephew, and niece.
● PILLOW OR FLORAL SWAGS
The pillow or floral swags usually goes together with the lid of the casket. They are to be provided by the deceased grandchildren, children, grandparents or parents.
● FLOWERS HELD BY HANDS
The flowers that are held by hands are traditionally provided by the deceased immediate family members and are usually held only by the deceased immediate family members.
Types of Flowers sent by Immediate Family Members
Below is a list of different types of floral tribute and arrangements that can be sent by an immediate family member to the funeral. The floral tribute is not solely restricted to only parents, spouses, children or siblings, they could also be sent to the funeral of someone that fulfilled similar roles as a family member.
As an immediate family member, it is appropriate that you send a flower to the funeral of a deceased member. There are different types of floral tribute and display locations that are strictly for immediate family member alone. For example, flowers that are being placed inside the casket almost always come from an immediate family member.
● FOREVER BELOVED CASKEY SPRAY
This flower is actually a bouquet of different types of flowers that can be sent by an immediate family member. It is used to lighten up the atmosphere of the funeral beautifully. It consists of flowers like Lavender Rose, Lavender Larkspur, Pink Rose, Pink Carnation, Yellow Asiatic Lilies, Bells of Ireland, Solidago, Lush Greens, and Yellow Freesia. These flowers are beautifully arranged to form an extravagant bouquet.
● FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
This is also another bouquet of different flowers that can be sent by an immediate family member to the funeral. This elegant bouquet can be used to bid a final farewell during the funeral. It consists of flowers like Queen Anne’s lace, Snapdragons, Larkspur, White Hydrangea, Red Roses and a White touch of Carnation. The whole bunch is tied together with a grosgrain ribbon, white in colour.
Types of Flowers Sent by Extended Family Members
Extended family members are also expected to send flowers to the funeral of the deceased. This could include but are not strictly restricted to great-grandchildren, nephews, cousins, nieces, or any close friend to the deceased.
The extended family members have a wide variety of funeral flowers to choose from. The funeral flowers etiquette demands from extended family members are straightforward. They could include anything from a less formal flowers arrangement to a standing spray. Any of the following can be considered:
● EXQUISITE TRIBUTE STANDING SPRAY
This standing spray can be sent by extending family members. There display is sweet and serene. They are composed of different flowers like Mini Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Asiatic Lilies, and White Roses. The arrangement of these different flowers is carefully and artfully arranged together with Lush Greens and Emerald Palm Fronds. They are then bound together by a white satin ribbon and made to stand on a wire easel. When this standing spray is sent to a funeral by an extended family member, it has an outstanding way of bringing honour to the life of the deceased loved ones.
● SERENE LILY BASKET
The Serene Lily basket is also a beautiful bouquet of floral arrangement that can be sent by an extended family member to the funeral. This basket contains peaceful white lilies in them which are set together with vibrant green in a way that it creates a charming, serene basket. The basket contains different flowers like white lilies, lush greens, miniature carnations, and carnations. The flowers are in a graceful and dignified way arranged to form the serene lily basket. The serene lily basket is an elegant choice for an extended family member to send to the funeral.
With all being said, stick to the best floral arrangement that you could easily see yourself giving to the deceased on a happier day. So keep that in mind, and you can be sure that you are making an excellent choice on the flowers to send to the funeral as a family member.