Don’t be Caught Out
A funeral without flowers is like a car without wheels, a plane without wings or, for the romantics, a nightingale without a song.
Funeral flowers (see www.obits.com.au) are as much a part of the funeral ritual as the coffin and the hearse.
Wreaths, they call them. See, they even have their own special name.
Florists rate wreaths as their 3rd highest selling product and rarely will you find a discount on this particular line. Imagine ordering your wreath and then negotiating for a discount on your way to a funeral.
Wreaths take on many different shapes, designs and colours. Some are made of orchids, carnations, roses and any other decorative flower you could imagine.
Prices vary from $20 to $2000 depending of course on what you want.
The history of funeral flowers dates back to ancient times where scented flowers were used to mask the odour of a dead body. Very practical when you think about it – decorative, but oh so efficient.
It is not unusual to see a hearse on its way to the cemetery with so many flowers on the roof that the suspension actually sags under the weight.
Traditionally the wreaths are piled on top of the grave when the soil has been placed over the coffin and as the mourners leave the grave site they leave behind their wreaths which will cover the grave after burial. Usually within a couple of days the cemetery with dispose of the wreaths and compost them.
In the case of cremations the funeral flowers are often disposed of straight after the service by staff.
Over the years funeral flowers have become almost a mandatory offering by mourners at a funeral. In some cases the family of the deceased request that a donation is made to a charity in lieu of flowers.
You can buy and send funeral flowers at www.obits.com.au