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For centuries flowers have been used for expressing emotions including sympathy and grief. This tradition remains as true today as it ever has been, and most funeral services feature beautiful floral tributes and personal dedications from bereaved family and friends.

Primary arrangements are typically placed upon the coffin and are usually single- or double-ended coffin sprays or floral crosses, all of which can be made up of any number of different flowers. A small posy of flowers is a more simple alternative and is often associated with being sent by children.

Pedestal arrangements, those designed to sit on a stand, and those spelling out names or words such as 'Mum' are ideal when placed alongside and to complement those on top of the coffin.

Floral baskets, cushions, hearts and pillows are other creative and structured ways in which flowers can be used to create a tasteful tribute.

You can also choose from traditional wreaths, hand-tied sheaves, which are particularly useful if you anticipate them being used after the funeral, casket sprays and chaplets.

Since the choice of floral tributes is extensive, you should spend time selecting the tribute that you feel is most appropriate. For example, you may like to choose flowers that were a favourite colour or type of the deceased.

You may also wish to have a specialist memorial tribute, and we can advise on the appropriate size and form that this can take.

Prices typically depend upon the size of the chosen arrangement, the types of flower requested and the amount of blooms relative to the greenery filler.

We have brochures available showing examples of the many and varied types of floral tribute. You can make your selection from these when specifying the funeral arrangements. Alternatively we are happy to leave these with your overnight if you would prefer to review them at home, perhaps in consultation with family or friends, before making your choice.

As an alternative to flowers, you may prefer for family and friends to make a donation to a charity, local community group or hospice. We can recommend suitable organisations as well as accept donations on your behalf.

We shall be pleased to advise on floristry and funeral flowers for funerals in Dorset, Somerset and East Devon.