- A Guide to Funerals and Funeral Directors
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Funeral flowers

Flowers are so much a part of the British funeral tradition, that they have come to be seen as essential. Flowers gladden the heart, and symbolise renewal: death is an inevitable part of the cycle of life.

By the same token, a funeral without flowers, or with just a bare few, can seen forlorn.

But not everyone sees it this way. Although they are not forbidden, flowers do not play a role in traditional Jewish funerals.

Flowers as decoration

Flowers are often used to decorate the coffin – in the form of wreaths or more elaborate displays. They can also be used to decorate the place where the funeral takes place (a church or crematorium chapel, for example).

Talk to your Funeral Director about this. Professional flowers arrangements are expensive and have to be carefully budgeted .

There is nothing to stop you providing flower arrangements yourself, which would perhaps lend a more personal touch, if you feel you have the skill to carry this off.

Flowers as tributes

Flowers are often sent to funerals by friends and relatives of the deceased, particularly if they cannot attend in person. This tribute is usually gratefully welcomed, as your flowers will contribute to the overall decorative effect, and help to express visually the sense of appreciation for the deceased felt by the broader community. A written card attached to a bouquet can carry also carry a personal message.

Floral tributes for funerals can be selected and ordered online from the major national florists, as well as from local florists.

Again, these floral tributes can be expensive – especially given that they will be seen and appreciated only for a relatively brief period of time. For this reason, many people in funeral announcements specify "No flowers please", and sometimes suggest you give the money instead to a chosen charity. If that is the case, do respect these wishes.

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