Comforting a grieving family is never an easy task and people often feel quite helpless at being unable to do the right thing. Fortunately, flowers are a good way to condole one's loss and are sent to the funeral home for display during the viewing and service.
In the first couple of decades of the last century, funeral flower arrangements were usually large, sweet-smelling badges shaped as heart crosses, and logos of organizations. For example, a Rotarian would take along a wreath in the form of a broken wheel to a fellow Rotarian's funeral.
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From 1970, this practice gave way to customized funeral flower arrangements that depict the deceased's profession, such as anchors for seamen.
The various kinds of funeral flower arrangements include the wreath, which is a circular floral arrangement of flowers and greens; people believe that its shape symbolizes eternal life.
The floral stand is another type of arrangement. It is visible only from one side and is placed on a stand and can be ordered in a choice of up to three tiers. A cross-shaped arrangement symbolizes the deceased's faith in Christianity.
The family of the deceased usually orders an arrangement called a casket spray for the top of the casket. If a child dies, floral arrangements in the shapes of angels, bunnies, bears, or other objects are done in white with leafy trimming.