When someone dies, carrying flowers from the funeral home, to the church and then donating them to a nursing home and or hospital, can seem like a lot of work. Some people today think that sending flowers to the bereaved family is no longer practical and a waste of time, that is better spent making donations in the name of the deceased to a charity organization of some kind.
Flowers are a very import part of the funeral service. People say over and over again that when the flowers are missing, something is missing from the service. They can’t put their finger on it necessarily, but the feeling of emptiness persists. On a list of things most important to memorializing the dead, friends and family came first, and flowers came second, followed by the eulogy.
Flowers add warmth and display respect during the wake, the funeral service itself and the repast afterward. And there are any number of choices available to express feelings. A green plant that can be taken home by the family as a living tribute works extremely well. Cut flowers designed in a monochromatic color scheme of favorite blooms tells the family how much you care and sympathize with them during their sad time of bereavement.
Sending flowers at death is the oldest form of tribute to the dead in the history of the world, dating back to prehistoric times. Flower fragments were unearthed at ancient burial grounds dating back some 62,000 years into the past. They are a means of sharing the burden of grief. Flowers create a feeling of warmth and beauty within an otherwise solemn occasion. They add dignity and consolation to the memorial service.
Flowers have spiritual/religious significance, as well, by symbolizing eternal life and immortality. A service without flowers misses this, since flowers attest to the transitory nature of life in general. Flowers bring a very profound symbolism that can be lost when the family asks that flowers not be included in the ceremony. It is sometimes forgotten that flowers are for the dead as well as for the living and therefore should always be considered appropriate and included in the bereavement activities.
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