Ask the Funeral Director – July 30, 2021

Posted on July 30, 2021 by Joe Pray under Ask The Funeral Director
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Ask the Funeral Director

Dear FD,
Why do people send flowers to funerals?

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Placing flowers in the presence of a deceased loved one is an ancient tradition, and has served different purposes throughout the centuries. Dr. Ralph Solecki discovered several burial sites in the Shanidar Cave in Northern Iraq, dating back to 62,000 B.C., that produced evidence of wildflowers being placed on the burial site. Prior to modern embalming techniques (which date from the Civil War), flowers were often used to mask the unpleasant odors of decay as mourners attended funeral ceremonies.

Today, flowers are a beautiful gesture of love and sympathy to those in grief. When a family steps into the room to view their loved one for the first time, the sight of flowers surrounding the casket and pictures brings an overwhelming and immediate sense of support as they step forward to initiate the healing process. In today’s busy world, we often loose sight of what beauty and peace the natural world can lend to our weary hearts. Also, on a side note, it is best to support local and order flowers through our local flower shops. Our website receives flower orders, which are directed to local florist for fulfillment. Try to avoid ordering from large online outfits like FTD or Teleflora. Many times, flowers ordered through these websites arrive late, via postal carrier, and are often lackluster in comparison to a locally designed, fresh arrangement.

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