Calm During A Death . . .
An open casket can be made softer with flowers.
Soften the blow of viewing the casket of a departed loved one by placing fresh flowers on the casket. Flowers can be placed on top and inside the casket. An unadorned casket is harsh and cold no matter the style. Fresh flowers calm the senses.
This example is an arrangement made for a dear friend. The family wanted to extend the flowers into the casket. This trailer was made for the opened lid of the casket. The trailer was pinned to the hinged area of the lid. It contained smaller blooms of the casket spray placed on the closed portion of the casket. The casket spray looked like a blanket of flowers with a vine that rested next to the deceased.
The completed picture surrounded the departed family member with flowers.
Flowers for Remembrance . . .
The circular shape of a wreath is symbolic of continuing life and love.
Flowers are sent to the Funeral Home or Church for the funeral service. There are many floral arrangements to choose for a funeral. These may include decorated hearts, crosses, standing sprays, and wreaths.
Long ago, a wreath was placed on the front door of the home of a deceased person as a sign of mourning. Today, wreaths are mounted on a wire easel and sent to the funeral service. There are many ways to decorate a wreath. A wreath can be totally covered with greenery and flowers, or partially wrapped with ribbon and an arrangement on the top or side of the wreath.
For this wreath, I chose a grapevine wreath. This wreath was placed on a 48” easel. The design was placed on the side instead of totally covering the wreath. This is arranged in a caged block of wet floral foam wired to the wreath. I chose red roses, Stargazer lilies, and peppermint miniature carnations. The greenery used is leatherleaf. Red ribbon is used for the bow to highlight the red roses.
Flowers for Comfort . . .
Flowers express sympathy during a time of loss.
One of the first actions of the family during a funeral is viewing the flowers. A death is a very emotional period. The funeral is a time to gather family and friends to remember the deceased. Funeral customs vary, but flowers are usually included in most ceremonies. Flowers express in a tangible way an expression of sympathy.
Funeral customs in my area have changed since we closed the shop in 1992. Now, obituaries are no longer published daily. Notice is not forthcoming. Viewing times and the funeral ceremony are held in the same day. There is no longer a multiple day gathering. In my opinion, funerals are usually smaller.
Funeral flowers are an expression to remind the family of the impact of the loss. Flowers remind the family the sender is there to reach out to if needed. Many times, the sender is out of town and wants to remembered. Flowers are a way to comfort during a time of loss.
There are many options for funeral flowers. I selected to share the standing funeral spray. I created this spray for close friends at the death of their Mother.
This spray stands about 6 feet tall. It is on an easel with a foam filled funeral cage. The background of greenery is Jade and Leatherleaf. I began the outline of the spray using pink snapdragons. The center of the spray is filled with Stargazer Lilies, dark pink Roses, pink Alstromeria, and white cushion pom-poms. A dark pink bow highlights the dark pink roses.
Flowers are important during a funeral. They bring color and life to a funeral. The color and aromas of the flowers remind of the life still surround death. It expresses the presence of the sender of the bouquet. Flowers soften the funeral.
Everlasting Advent Wreath . . .
Create an Advent Wreath where the candles never burn down!!!
I love Advent Wreaths, but was scared to use them in my home because of the flame on the candle. I witnessed an Advent Wreath go up in flames at Church one year. I have been looking for a safer way to bring an Advent Wreath into my home. Then, I remembered mechanical candles.
You Will Need:
Metal Advent Wreath Form
3 Mechanical Candles Tinted Purple
1 Mechanical Candle Tinted Pink
Greenery Wreath to Fit Over Wreath Form
Bows in Purple and Pink
Mechanical candles, used in Weddings, have wax inserts inside a metal tube. As the wax burns, a spring-loaded insert keeps the wick at the top of the candle. The tube never loses the height. The wax inserts burn for about 2 hours, depending on the size of the insert
Place the greenery wreath over the Advent Wreath form. Make sure the candle holders are not covered with greenery. Insert the tinted mechanical candles into the candle holders. Be sure the rubber ring is at the base of the candle. You can adjust the candle holder by adjusting the metal tabs of the candle holder. Decorate the Advent Wreath with bows of purple and pink. On this wreath, I placed the bows between the candles.
Remember, DO NOT LEAVE BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED! Enjoy!!