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Floral Tributes

People are often uncertain how to express their concern or show their sympathy when a death occurs. Sending flowers is one way to help comfort the family and let them know you are thinking of them. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the deceased. Flowers have traditionally been sent to the funeral home for display during the gathering and service. They can also be sent to a memorial service or even to the family's home in the weeks following the funeral.

When choosing flowers to honor a friend or loved one, ask yourself things like "What was her favorite flower?" or "What were his favorite colors?" Sending personalized sympathy floral tributes are a growing trend. For example, fishing poles and lures can be creatively added to a spray for an avid fisherman. Film and photographs can be woven into a wreath for someone whose passion was photography. Anything is possible.

Types of Sympathy Floral Arrangements

While anything is possible when it comes to floral arrangements, florists commonly use the following designs for sympathy arrangements.

  • A casket spray (sometimes known as a casket blanket or cover) is the arrangement placed on the top of the casket. The family closest to the deceased usually purchases it.

  • A standing spray is the most common arrangement ordered. The flowers are designed for viewing from one side only. Sprays vary in shape and size and are usually displayed on an easel.

  • An inside piece (sometimes known as an insert piece) is the term used to describe the small floral designs placed inside the casket (for example, pillows, hearts or small bouquets). Close family members or special loved ones usually order this type of arrangement. Ask the family before ordering anything for the casket.

  • A wreath is circular in design and considered by many to symbolize eternal life.

  • A floral arrangement is a mix of fresh flowers in a vase, basket or other container; these are often brought home by the family after the service.

  • Other floral designs can represent an organizational tribute (for example, a Masonic lodge) or a religious tribute (for example, a cross). Heart-shaped designs are also quite popular.

  • Plants are longer lasting tributes that the family will keep after the service.

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Symbolic Meanings of Flowers

Flowers communicate without words. Because each flower has a different meaning, sending a bouquet with specially chosen blossoms is a special way to communicate.

  • Daffodils - "You are the only one"

  • Daisy - "Innocence"

  • Dogwood - "Love undiminished by adversity"

  • Forget-me-not - "True love"

  • Gladiolus - "Strength of character"

  • Hydrangeas - "Thank you for understanding me"

  • Ivy - "Wedded love, fidelity"

  • Marigold - "Grief"

  • Pink carnations - "I’ll never forget you"

  • Red and white roses together - "Unity"

  • Red chrysanthemums - "Love"

  • Rose - "Love"

  • Tulip - "Declaration of love"

  • White lily - "Sweetness"

  • Zinnias - "Thoughts of absent friends"

When ordering your floral tribute, tell the florist about the person you are honoring and he or she will help you create a meaningful and memorable arrangement.

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Local Florists

  Local Metro  
Floral Expressions 410-257-7775 301-855-4767  
Solomons Island Florist 410-326-2928 800-437-0112  
Garner & Duff Flower Shop 410-535-1711 301-855-1206  
Karen's of Calvert Florist 410-257-1411 301-627-8303  
Dunkirk Florist 410-257-0802    

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