Floral Tributes

The gentle beauty of flowers expresses your personal remembrance and brings comfort to the bereaved. We can arrange these on your behalf, using our own, high quality Floral Selection. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your personal requirements, or you can look through our brochure to select your tribute from the wide range of funeral arrangements available. We frequently take instructions from people unable to attend a funeral to provide a tribute on their behalf.

From a full coffin spray in roses, to a simple wreath or a bespoke design, here is a small selection from the wide variety of tributes that are available. Please view our website for details of our increasingly popular Ceramic frost proof hand made Grave Flowers. With colours that do not fade these floral tributes offer an ideal solution for loved ones who do not live in the local vicinity or indeed live overseas. We also have a very large selection of Silk and Fresh Flowers.

Commonly Asked Questions

For those less familiar with funeral flowers and sympathy etiquette, questions often arise. Here are some of the most common:

Is there a 'right' or 'wrong' type of arrangement to send as a sympathy gift?

There are a variety of appropriate options in sympathy flowers. Traditional sympathy arrangements, including triangular or fan-shaped designs, easel sprays, and baskets, are still among the most popular in many areas.

Baskets of green and flowering plants are also popular as a gift that's convenient for the family to take home or give to a local hospital or charity. There is no right or wrong approach.


The choice is up to you. The best advice is to select something you think the family will appreciate.

Do some flower arrangements look too 'cheery' for a funeral?

Absolutely not. A funeral service is a way to honour someone's life, and bright, colourful flowers are a meaningful part of that tribute. In addition to adding beauty to an otherwise somber occasion, flowers provide a comforting diversion -- something to talk about or look at -- during the visitation. Of course, other colour schemes are popular, too. Soft pinks, purples, and other pastels are appropriate for a feminine touch, while autumn tones have a more masculine theme. White, for peace, and red, for undying love, are also very popular at funerals and contrast well when combined.

Sometimes I see a charity mentioned 'in lieu of flowers' in the death notice. Is it still appropriate to send flowers?

Because flowers help you say what is often difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste.

Many people want to express sympathy and show respect for the deceased in a variety of ways, including charitable contributions, food donations, a helping hand, or cards and flowers.

Flowers also play a functional role, adding warmth to the service and providing the visible, emotional support that the bereaved need during a difficult time.

Funeral directors agree that most people do not want a service completely devoid of flowers.

I am part of a group. What are some suggestions?

When groups, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, neighbours, business associates, and clubs go in together on flowers, the arrangements can be very special and make a larger showing. When sending flowers as a group include a contact name and address on the card so the family knows whom to thank.

What is appropriate to send for a cremation?

A tastefully floral tribute adds beauty to any type of service, whether it's a traditional burial or a cremation. 

I found out about the death after the funeral was over. What can I do?

A floral arrangement received at the home after the activity surrounding the funeral can be a comforting, welcome reminder that friends haven't forgotten.

In fact, research shows that bereaved family and friends appreciate being thought of in the weeks or months after the funeral.

A personal note or 'we are thinking of you' message with the flowers would be especially nice. Any support you can offer will let the family know you care.

Some of the terms commonly used by florists, which may be helpful in your discussion?

  • Wreath - A floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life.
  • Spray - Flowers designed for viewing from one side only. Sprays are often placed on an easel stand.
  • Floral Arrangement - An assortment of fresh flowers in a vase, basket or other container.
  • Casket Spray - Flowers designed for the top of the casket, usually ordered by the family.
  • Inside Piece - A general term to describe small floral designs placed inside the casket such as satin hearts or small sprays.

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