Sympathy flowers and plants for funerals and graveside memorials.

April 6th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

Funerals are a time of sadness, mourning, and silent contemplation.  Our most dearly loved friends and family gather to celebrate a life lived and the grief of our loss.  It is traditional to express our condolences to the immediate family of the deceased with gifts of plants and flowers.  On the anniversary of death, it is also customary to visit the final resting place and leave a memorial wreath or bouquet.

On both such occasions, gift givers often don’t think of the time and skill required to maintain live plants or of the short lived enjoyment of fresh cut flowers.  Instead of giving a live gift, why not consider a gift of an artificial plant or silk flower arrangement.  Not only are they hypoallergenic – making this a friendly gift for allergy sufferers – they are extremely low maintenance and will last year after year. 

Here are some examples:

For funerals, lilies are traditional flowers to give as gifts to the immediate family of the deceased.  Lilies symbolize new beginnings, change, and fresh starts.   In the midst of sadness, they offer a burst of joy and hope.  Other flower arrangements suitable for funerals would be:  roses, stargazer lilies, azalea, and white gerbera daises are just a few.  Potted plants are another appropriate gift – spathiphyllum, ferns, variegated ivy, dieffenbachia, and any combination of potted greenery.

For a graveside memorial piece, consider a decorative wreath with beautiful silk flowers and greenery.  Wreath stands can often be purchased wherever wreaths are sold.  You can also select a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a potted plant, or even an artificial plant or flower to plant into the ground.  Selecting a silk plant means that it will endure the elements and require no maintaining, however, live plants are just as appropriate for the occasion.

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