The Importance of Sending Flowers
Since ancient times, flowers have been a vital part of burial rites, going as far back as 60,000 BCE. While ancient peoples did not have as intricate floral arrangements, or flowers grown specifically for funerals, the tradition of sending flowers to a funeral still remains today. Flowers today are sent to convey respect, sympathy, and love for the deceased. Sending flowers honors the dead, and shows sympathy to the family. Flowers are important to a wake or funeral because they make the mourners feel a little bit better.
Who Should Send Flowers?
Anyone can send flowers to a funeral, but some people don’t know if they should. Co-workers, club members, or groups of friends will often split a larger arrangement. Close family members will often get a floral arrangement. If you are unable to attend the funeral, sending flowers in your stead is a common way to show your sympathy.
When to Send Flowers
When sending flowers to the funeral home, it is best to have them arrive before the viewing time. Funeral homes may have different times or procedures to bring in arrangements, so it is best to coordinate with them on when delivery should occur.
It is never too early or too late to send flowers to the family’s home. An early arrangement can help cheer the family up at home. Flowers sent a few weeks after, can show that they are still in your thoughts.
Donations In Lieu of Flowers
Some families will ask that in lieu of flowers, a donation is made in their loved one’s name. They may also specify a specific charity to make the donation. If you want to donate to a charity in a person’s name, send a letter to the family notifying them that the donation was made. Do not include the amount donated.
For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours.