Funeral flowers delivery arrangements
When planning to send flowers to a funeral, the delivery arrangements are crucial, as Nicci Ball explains.
Whether you are attending or not, ask the family for details of the funeral director, who can advise you of where and when the floral tributes should be delivered.
Funeral flowers, under most circumstances, are delivered to the funeral home, that is the premises of the funeral director organising the funeral, or to the home of the deceased, or their family.
They will then be placed on top of and around the coffin during its journey to the church, cemetery or crematorium, and then displayed for the mourners to see following the service.
So always ensure the flowers have a card or message making clear who has sent the display.
Crucial delivery information
Have the following information to hand when arranging delivery of funeral flowers:
- The name of the person who has passed away;
- The date of the funeral;
- The time of the funeral;
- The time at which the funeral party will be departing the house or funeral directors;
- Any special stipulations or requests;
- The name, address and contact details of the funeral directors who will be handling the funeral.
Last minute arrangements
If you only have time for last minute arrangements, and want to take flowers as a mark of respect and sympathy, the family of the departed will appreciate the presentation of a standard bouquet. A good florist will be able to arrange an appropriate presentation.
On arrival at the event, give the flowers to one of the funeral director’s staff rather than to members of the mourning family. Alternatively, deliver them to the family home after the funeral event or take them to the reception following the funeral event.
It is always a worrying uncertainty: you know the quality of a local florist but can you be certain of the same quality in the flowers that are arranged and delivered by another florist in a different part of the country.
Florists who are part of a reputable delivery network, such as e-florist or teleflorist have standardised designs that are created in every affiliated shop.
They can also create bespoke designs so it is possible to discuss detailed requirements with the florist and for them to convey this information to the delivering florist, who will undertake the commission.