Losing a loved one is the hardest time of our lives and knowing where to turn for advice and support can be overwhelmingly hard emotionally and physically. Today, whilst it is a heartbreaking subject, I wanted to write a few words which I hope may help anyone reading this now, or in the future. It has been an honour to support many families over the years with their floral tributes and to be a part of every goodbye.”Emma x
When you hear about the passing of a loved family member or friend, we understand how overwhelmed you can feel. At this time we want to be able to guide you through the process of ordering funeral flowers, to make it as straightforward for you as possible.
Details of funerals are often posted in local papers, on the undertakers website or sent personally by the family. Once you have these details we can help you with as much or as little guidance as you need. When you order the flowers we will need to know the following:
- Your Loved One’s Name
- Date of their Funeral
- Time of their Funeral
- Their Undertakers Name, Address and if possible a contact name / number
- Please also take the time to read whether it is family flowers only – sometimes this is the choice that has been made and as we may or may not know the funeral details it is your responsibility to confirm prior to ordering.
You have several options in terms of how to order. But most often people like to come to the store or call us and discuss their tribute on the phone.
We have a book / guide that we can lend you to take away, but we can also send you a link so you can view it on your computer in the comfort of your own home. As an example, for an immediate family member we would suggest something that could be placed on top of the coffin such as a a coffin/casket spray, this could be one larger tribute or several smaller ones. Often for friends we would suggest a wreath, single ended spray or floral basket, these often start from around £60.00, but we can work with larger and smaller budgets.
Once you have decided on the tribute you would like to send, we will ask you a bit about what you’d like. Are you looking for something classic in greens and whites, or do bright, vibrant colours bring back wonderful memories for you. Perhaps the person you have lost was a keen gardener so we can use very seasonal flowers and foliages, perhaps even incorporating something from their own garden. Was the person a keen supporter of a sports club? We can incorporate their team colours or logo for you. The choice is yours, and we will advise you as much as we can, to help you create the perfect floral goodbye.
Names written in floral lettering are also a really popular way to say goodbye. We often create these letter boards, as something slightly more affordable than the traditional letters on the stand. They are simpler to read and can be created in nearly any colour combination. We often co-ordinate the ribbon around the outside, the spray in the corner and the letters in the same colours.
We can create entirely biodegradable floral tributes if your loved one is being laid to rest at a green burial site. These are custom pieces which we spend as much time preparing the base / structure, as we do adding the flowers. I love to incorporate bulbs or seed heads into these, as they will brings flowers again the following year.
My favourite item for a funeral is a wreath, a never ending circle, the circle of life – they can be made from a £45 budget for a small basic wreath up to a 20″ frame full of gorgeous details and textures.
We are renowned locally for our bespoke floral tributes, from a much loved pet to a football shirt, a cartoon character to a piece of farm machinery, we can handcraft something for you. These custom tributes often take many hours to create, but they are a labour of love and it is always such a privilege to be asked to create something so special for a farewell.
At Signature Flowers, we always suggest delivering the flowers directly to the Undertakers as it saves the bereaved family the emotional impact of receiving them at home, often when they are trying to get themselves together ahead of the service. This way the Undertakers will be aware of the quantity of flowers to anticipate, as we work with them closely and get in touch with them directly about delivery times etc.
We often advise that you think about the message you would like to write ahead of placing your order, as it can be very difficult to come up with the right words on the spot and it is often very emotional. If you are unsure where to start you can find some suggestion prompts for sympathy card wording here.
Once you have decided on the wording, you are of course welcome to hand write the card yourself (not applicable if being sent by a relay service) or we can write it for you. This will then be attached to the tribute once it is made.
The tributes are often made up the day before the service so we know they are perfect and we can just double check them in the morning before delivery. We will top the water up, mist them and attach cards.We will then deliver to the Undertakers.
We always take special precautions to ensure that the tributes are well labelled to make it simple if the Undertakers have multiple services on one day and we also write the name of the deceased on the back of the card, so if for any reason anything falls off, it is easy to attach it back onto the right item. The flowers will then travel within the hearse to the service.
We really hope this guide is helpful and if you need any further guidance or advice then please feel free to get in touch.