FAQs & Tips – For the Cemetery

Floral arrangements for the cemetery are a beautiful way to pay tribute to those we have loved and lost. Special dates such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries and holidays are a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate a life well lived. Below you will find some answers about making the perfect floral selection for the cemetery.

PLEASE NOTE: Each cemetery has its own rules and regulations regarding the type of flowers permitted (e.g. fresh or silk). Consult with the cemetery about their requirements or call Customer Service at 1-800-894-0431 and we will be happy to help.

Q. I want to send flowers to the cemetery. What kind of arrangement should I send?

A. We offer a number of different cemetery tributes including bouquets, wreaths and set pieces. Some bouquets are made to be placed in the permanent mausoleum vases already at the cemetery; others are arranged and delivered in a vase with a spike on the bottom made especially for a gravesite display. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-894-0431 for specific information about the options available at the cemetery of your choice.

Q. How do I set up a regular order for cemetery flowers?

A. As a special gesture of remembrance, many people choose to set up a standing floral order to mark significant dates year after year. To set up a regular order, call Customer Service at 1-800-894-0431 and we will be happy to assist you.

Key milestones for a cemetery tribute could include:

Birthdays

Anniversaries

Valentine’s Day

Easter

Mother’s Day

Memorial Day

Father’s Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas

New Year’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Q. Are there religious considerations I should take into account when it comes to sending cemetery flowers?

A. Yes. Various religions have traditions and customs regarding sympathy flowers.

Buddhist - Send white flowers, the traditional color of mourning in Buddhist culture. Yellow flowers are also acceptable. Red flowers symbolize happiness and are not considered an appropriate tribute.

Christian - Most denominations consider flowers an appropriate tribute with no limitations on the color of choice.

Hindu - Flowers may be an appropriate tribute depending on family preference. A gift of fruit to the bereaved family's home is also considered a welcome gesture of sympathy.

Jewish - Flowers may be an appropriate tribute depending on family preference. A gift of fruit, sweets or food to the bereaved family's home is also considered a welcome gesture of sympathy.

Muslim - Flowers may be an appropriate tribute depending on family preference. A gift of food to the bereaved family's home is also considered a welcome gesture of sympathy.

Q. Are there arrangements that might be considered too "cheerful" for a cemetery?

A. No. As long as the arrangement is a reflection of the life being celebrated and a tribute to the way they would wish to be remembered, a particular arrangement should not be deemed too cheerful.

Q. Are there gender specific designs or colors?

A. Soft pastels are commonly thought to express a more feminine style, while stronger, bolder colors are sometimes perceived as more masculine. However, your decision should be based on how the departed would like to be remembered, not preconceived standards.

Q. Does the size of the floral tribute equal the money spent?

A. Not necessarily. The size of the floral tribute depends on factors such as flower variety, seasonality and availability. Common flowers are less expensive than rare blooms, while the cost of certain flowers may go up or down at a specific time of year.




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