Often after a loved one has passed away, there can be some confusion as to what florals are appropriate to send. Well-meaning friends and acquaintances may want to help the family by purchasing larger pieces, but there are definite etiquettes involved in purchasing memorial pieces for the funeral elements, such as the funeral casket.
It is considered the responsibility of the closest relatives of the deceased to choose the casket spray that will sit atop the coffin during the funeral service. The additional adornments – such as the casket pillow, a flower for the lapel, a handheld bouquet, or a memorial wreath to be placed on the casket – are also a choice reserved for close family members. As a general rule, anything that touches the casket is reserved for immediate family. This is both sentimental, and also ensures that the flowers inside and atop the casket are matching in color and design.
The flowers for the funeral casket give the family an opportunity to honor the life and personality of their loved one. If he or she was a proud veteran, a patriotic display is appropriate. If they loved the beach and travel, perhaps a tropical or exotic display is a way to remember them with a smile. If they had a favorite color, cover their funeral casket with the hue to celebrate their life.
If you are not a member of the immediate family but have a close relationship with them, it may be appropriate to offer to pay for the casket spray or adornments, while allowing the family absolute discretion to choose what they feel is best.
Everyone at Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist would like to express our condolences for your loss. We are here to help you with any necessary flowers, as well as to arrange delivery and set-up with the funeral home and church. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. For over 30 years, we have been privileged to help our neighbors in Glendora, Whittier, and Roland Heights through all of life’s moments.