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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow - Say Goodbye With Flowers

Parting is such sweet sorrow, say it with flowersPlanning and attending the funeral of a loved one will be a very sorrowful time for you and your family. Although having to say goodbye will be extremely difficult, one of the most beautiful ways to do it is by creating floral tributes for your loved one. Flowers have long been associated with funerals, not only as a sign of respect, but also a symbol of life.

At such a difficult time, the least we can do is make it easier for you to choose the perfect funeral flowers to say goodbye with. Below we have provided a guide to the different types of funeral flowers.

Posies & baskets

Posies & baskets can be used as a floral tribute, sent directly to the funeral home or sent to the family of the deceased as a sympathy gift. Posies are circular in shape and are suitable for both traditional and contemporary funeral services.

Funeral spray

Funeral sprays are either single or double ended, with the latter tending to be the more formal. Double-ended sprays are sometimes called casket sprays and are usually chosen by the children, spouse or close family members of the deceased.

Tied sheaf

Tied sheaves are a popular type of funeral floral tribute. Although they are featured at the funeral, many families choose to donate them to homes and hospices after the funeral.


Floral wreaths are another popular type of funeral floral tribute. They have an ornate circular design and are used at funerals as a sign of respect. They can be made from a wide range of different flowers and are therefore suitable for both contemporary and traditional funerals.


Funeral floral tributes can be tailored into different shapes, with hearts being particularly popular. Heart shaped floral tributes are a symbol of love and compassion. They can be made from a variety of different flower types and come in a number of different sizes.

Letter Tributes

Letter tributes are usually chosen by a close family member of the deceased and used as a centerpiece. They usually either feature the name of the deceased or the relationship to their loved one e.g. ‘Mum.’

Cushions and pillows

Floral cushions and pillows are a beautiful symbol of the comfort found in one’s last resting place. They are hand crafted from flowers and come in a range of sizes and colours.

Consulting the family

If you are not a close family member, but have been invited to the funeral and want to send flowers, it may be a good idea to consult the family first. They may be planning the funeral to a certain theme or be able to tell you the deceased’s favourite flower or colour, so you can incorporate it into the design. It is worth keeping in mind that some families do not wish their guests to send flowers and instead prefer a donation (of any amount) to a charity that was close to the deceased’s heart.

Where to send the flowers

If you have bought a funeral floral tribute, you can have it sent directly to the funeral directors, where the deceased is likely to be resting before the funeral service. If however you want to send sympathy flowers to the deceased’s family, you can have them sent to their residential address.


Picking out funeral flowers is not something anyone looks forward to doing, however many people find it a comforting process that helps them to say goodbye. If you have any questions about funeral flowers or need help choosing the perfect funeral floral tribute for your loved one’s funeral, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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