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Choosing Flowers for a Memorial Service

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The passing of loved ones can be a time of sorrow and celebration. When planning a memorial service or funeral in San Diego, choosing flowers is a lovely time to give thought to the person being memorialized and how they influenced the lives of those around them. Although the mortuary or funeral service provider may be able to assist you in selecting flowers, working with a professional florist will enhance the experience and take you away from the environment where the more difficult decisions must be made.

A floral showroom, like ours here at Michael’s Flower Girl in San Diego provides a comfortable, pleasant space where the primary focus is the beauty that flowers will bring to the deceased individual’s funeral. A florist will help you choose the color, style and appropriately priced arrangement. Additionally, a professional florist will work with the service provider to ensure timely delivery and proper set-up.

Michael’s Flower Girl, like most professional florists, works within a network providing worldwide service and will provide assistance, via telephone and/or e-mail, to friends and family who do not live in San Diego but want to memorialize with flowers, living plants or gourmet gift baskets. Simply share our telephone number and we will provide the peace of mind and service you can only receive when working directly with your florist.

Red Tribute Casket Spray

Ordering funeral or memorial flowers on-line can be a nice option in a time of sadness. Your professional, San Diego florist will provide the finest flowers when you order directly (instead of using a third party such as 1-800-Flowers, Teleflora, etc). 

The passing of loved ones can be a time of sorrow and celebration. When planning a memorial service or funeral in San Diego, choosing flowers is a lovely time to give thought to the person being memorialized and how they influenced the lives of those around them. Although the mortuary or funeral service provider may […]

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Our Sister Website for Memorial/Funeral Flowers has Launched

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Are you in the unfortunate position of having to choose flowers for a memorial service? Visit FLOWERSFORSANDIEGOFUNERAL.COM for valuable information and then give us a call and we’ll help you with your order.

Here is what makes us different (better!) than the rest:

  • We communicate with the service provider to ensure on-time delivery
  • We will use high quality, fresh flowers ensuring long lasting beauty
  • We will guide you in your decision making, always keeping your financial concerns in mind

Call 858-455-9010 or E-Mail: sales@michaelsflowergirl.com

  Are you in the unfortunate position of having to choose flowers for a memorial service? Visit FLOWERSFORSANDIEGOFUNERAL.COM for valuable information and then give us a call and we’ll help you with your order. Here is what makes us different (better!) than the rest: We communicate with the service provider to ensure on-time delivery We […]

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Funeral Flowers Basics

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Unfortunately, we at Michaels Flower Girl have been doing too many funerals lately.  We hope this quick blog can help you through the decision making process in your time of grief.

The last thing you want to think about when someone dies is handling the funeral.  In some cases, the deceased may have made all the arrangements in advance making the decision on casket, service, flowers etc.  Then again, you may be faced with making all of the decisions yourself.

If you are in the position of making these decisions, the Funeral Home can certainly guide you on your flower choices but let us offer you some suggestions.

If you are arranging the funeral, you are going to want to make sure that the you have a spray of flowers on the casket itself.  Depending on your religious affiliation, you may also want to provide rosary or pillow flowers.  Casket Sprays start at about$75 and can range to over $250.  Price is determined by size and flower choice.  Flowers are also popular to place on the alter or pedestals besides the casket or cremains.  These can range from $50 on up.  If you just don’t want to make decisions, you can always say, I have a budget of XYZ and I want white and pink, and let the florist handle if from there.

If you are sending sympathy / memorial flowers, these will typically be on a wire stand adorning the sides of the casket.  These are also called sprays.  You can also add wording across the spray on a sash.  Memorial sprays can range from $60.00 on up.

Flower colors are typically lighter tending towards whites.  You are trying to convey a celebration of life with out screaming it.

Make sure to be specific with the florist about times and locations for services.  Depending on the funeral home, you have a limited time from to deliver and set up the flowers.

If you have any other thoughts on this, please let us know.

Unfortunately, we at Michaels Flower Girl have been doing too many funerals lately.  We hope this quick blog can help you through the decision making process in your time of grief. The last thing you want to think about when someone dies is handling the funeral.  In some cases, the deceased may have made all […]

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Flowers and Funerals Etiquette

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Sympathy Flower Etiquette

Sympathy flowers and sympathy plants are traditionally sent to the funeral home, church or mortuary once the news of the loss has been announced. Most funeral homes, churches and mortuaries have a viewing, wake or memorial service where friends, family and associates come to pay their respects to the family. Proper sympathy flower etiquette is to send flowers or plants to the funeral home, church or mortuary prior to the first visitation hours. If you are late in sending flowers and can not have flowers arrive in time for the first visitation it is still appropriate to send flowers as long as they arrive prior to any additional visitations. If you have not sent flowers in time for them to arrive prior to the last visitation you may want to consider sending flowers or a plant to the family of the deceased at their residence. Some people insist upon sending last minute flower orders to the funeral home, church or mortuary and some people insist upon having last minute flower deliveries made directly to the graveside service. This is not considered proper etiquette as it is very disruptive and inconsiderate to have flower deliveries arriving during the service. In many instances, last minute flower orders are lost in the commotion of moving the flowers from the funeral home, church or mortuary to the graveside service and in other instances funeral directors will not accept last minute flower deliveries in attempt to avoid the negative events mentioned above.

If you have missed the visitations and the funeral service it is considered very proper etiquette to send flowers or a plant to the family of the deceased at their residence. In fact, it is considered appropriate etiquette to send flowers or plants to the family of the deceased up to a month after the funeral service. Some people even prefer to send flowers and plants at a later date because it is a great way to let the family of the deceased know that people are still thinking of them even after the funeral service has passed. Many people who have lost a loved one find this very comforting.


Flowers and Funerals Q&A

Q. My co-worker’s obituary states that the family has requested donations in lieu of flowers. I know his mother is particularly fond of lilies. Would it be wrong for me to send her a bouquet of lilies with a condolence note?
A. Flowers are a beautiful symbol of sympathy. If you do choose to send flowers, and the family has indicated that they would like gifts to go to a charity, it’s best to send flowers as an additional gift. If you want to do something now, send a donation as suggested by the family. Your personal condolence note would be especially kind, too. Since you know that his mother likes lilies, you might want to wait a bit – until the activity immediately following your co-worker’s death settles down – and then send her the lilies. It would surely be a meaningful and caring gesture.
Q. My college roommate’s wife just died. I want to send flowers to the funeral home. What type of flower is appropriate?
A. With their beauty, color and scent, flowers serve as graceful tribute to the deceased. While roses, lilies, carnations and other traditional choices have never gone out of style, arrangements that are more personalized and dramatic are increasingly common. Here are some examples of what you could send:

  • Floral baskets and living plants: Virtually any type of plant is suitable and can be chosen to reflect the personality of the deceased. Flowers can be sent to the bereaved individual’s home or to the funeral home.
  • Floral wreaths, crosses and sprays: These more elaborate displays are often sent by a group. They are also a good choice for companies or associations that want to honor the deceased.
  • Casket arrangements: These are traditionally supplied by family members. Lid sprays, often of roses or calla lilies, cover the unopened section of the casket at an open-coffin funeral and the entire casket once it is closed.
Q. My co-worker’s partner died one year ago. Is it appropriate for me to send him flowers on the anniversary of her death?
A. It’s never wrong to show that you care about someone who has suffered a loss, but each person grieves differently. Let the person’s state of mind and personality be your guide, judging whether a condolence would be a comfort or only serve as a sad reminder. In most cases, a card or handwritten note along with an arrangement of flowers is a very welcome gesture. You can also consider making a home-cooked meal and offering to spend time together.

Sympathy Flower Etiquette Sympathy flowers and sympathy plants are traditionally sent to the funeral home, church or mortuary once the news of the loss has been announced. Most funeral homes, churches and mortuaries have a viewing, wake or memorial service where friends, family and associates come to pay their respects to the family. Proper sympathy […]