Funerals are not the kind of occasion that we enjoy planning. It is, however, good to give your loved ones a proper farewell. Not only are you honouring them and their memory, but you are also giving yourself a chance to grieve. Sometimes we are able to say goodbye before a loved one passes. Sometimes their passing is so sudden that we don’t get the chance. Either way, that final farewell is an important part of the healing process.
When planning a funeral or memorial service, there are a number of things to consider. Apart from where the service will take place, you will also need to decide where you would like to serve food. Some people like to use their local church facilities while others prefer to host an intimate gathering at their home. Either way, the food is usually kept as simple as possible.
Once you know where you plan on feeding everyone who attended the service, it’s time to consider respectful décor. Fresh flowers are a popular choice and the most popular colour choice is white. White flower arrangements with a fair amount of foliage offer subtle beauty and elegance. Of course, you can always brighten things up a little by adding a splash of colour here and there. If the person you are honouring had a particular favourite colour or favourite flower, you can include these elements in the floral displays as a way of honouring them.
Apart from the usual funeral flowers, you might also like to have your florist put together something extra special like a funeral cross. The funeral cross can be displayed during the ceremony and it can also be transported to the grave if you are having a burial. Alternatively, the cross can either be donated to the local church or you could take it home if you like.
Funeral crosses are usually made up of dense white flowers that cover larger surface areas – like hydrangeas. Perhaps some other white flowers like carnations or chrysanthemums can also be added for some variation in the texture. For colour, you could have the florist add brighter blooms across the midpoint of the cross if you like.
The best thing about these crosses is the fact that they are arranged in such a way that they are sturdy and they will not fall apart if you need to move them from one spot to another. If you do use the cross to decorate the grave site, you might want to ask the grounds keeper if they would be able to clean up or you will need to have a friend or family member help with this.