Memorial Wreaths

Memorial Wreaths

Flowers are used for so many occasions, including memorial wreaths. You give or get flowers when you are happy, thankful, grateful or sad. We all know that funeral service wreaths are very sad and a sign of mourning. Traditionally there is a message written across on the ribbon, and they are placed near the graveside or funeral service location.

Some of these messages are traditional while others are more personalized. Sometimes what is written on the ribbon of the funeral wreath is agonized over just as much as the eulogy. While other times a simple message is written with flowers.

They can come in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes there may be several wreaths at a funeral and is a traditional flower arrangement for many funerals.

People used to place them on their door to let others know that they are grieving. Now of course, things have changed with all of our technology. If you have lost someone that will be in the paper and everyone can read it, or perhaps you will post it on Facebook or another social website. We have many ways of letting people know when we have lost a loved one. Families today still use this floral arrangement as a way to show our sorrow or support. Your local florist or funeral home can provide you with help in the selection if you so desire.

Wreaths for Gifting

If what you see is just not what you need, no worries! You can even create your very own flower wreaths yourself.

Choosing a wreath for your own satisfaction can sometimes get a little tricky. There is always a list of factors that should be considered before you can pick out the right design that conforms to the overall theme of your house. What more if you are choosing decorative wreaths for gifting? Now, there’s a challenging thought.

Christmas wreaths are quite easy enough to choose from as they usually come in more traditional and familiar designs. If you’re thinking of giving a friend or a relative a wreath for Christmas, it would be a good idea to give it to them in advance, so they can take advantage of its decorative elegance and beauty throughout the holiday season.

But wreath-gifting should not be limited to the holidays alone. Outdoor and indoor wreaths can freely be given all year around, if you are feeling generous enough. Wreath designers have now come up with a variety of wreath arrangements that celebrate various other events in a person’s life aside from Christmas. Wreaths are more than just decorations for hanging. They can also be used to express appreciation, love, and warm congratulations.

When choosing a wreath for a gift, consider the following pointers:

• Fresh or artificial? This is an inevitable question that should be answered before you even think about gifting a wreath. A fresh wreath may give the idea of sincerity and freshness, but for how long? Artificial wreaths today are not much different from fresh ones visually, plus they last longer and can better represent the idea of longevity. They are also safer to give as gifts, especially if you do not know if the recipient has flower allergies or not.

• Purpose. Wreath designers can give you suggestions as to which wreath arrangement is the best fit for the occasion. You can give decorative wreaths to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, job promotions, and the like. They can also be given during special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, and Halloween.

• Recipient. Does the person you are giving the wreath to have floral preferences that you know about? Try to incorporate as much of the recipient’s personal wants as your own sentiments into the wreath design. Whether you are giving away generic holiday wreaths, or those that carry with them your personal messages, you should always consider the most appealing option for your recipients.

Types of Funerals

Funerals are easily one of the oldest ceremonies known to man. Since ancient times, cultures all across the world have had some method of celebrating the life of a deceased individual. Not surprisingly, funerals are big business, even today, and institutions that provide assistance with funeral planning can be found everywhere. Every funeral is influenced in some way by religious and cultural traditions, but in a lot of cases budget is what decides the kind of funeral a deceased person will have.

Types of Funeral

All funerals can be classified as one of three general types, regardless of cultural or religious factors: full-service funerals, direct burials, and direct cremation. Each one typically costs less than the last, and most funeral homes can provide assistance with all three types.

Full-service Funerals 

This type is the most common, and it is referred to as a “standard” funeral by many providers. It includes a viewing or a wake, a formal service, transport between the funeral home and the cemetery, and the entombment or cremation of the remains.

Direct Burial

In this type, the body is buried shortly after death. No viewing involved, and the only costs incurred are usually for transportation and care of the body, the coffin, and perhaps for a graveside service provided by a funeral home.

Direct Cremation

Like direct burial, no viewing is involved, and the body is cremated shortly after death. Costs incurred are similar to the ones for direct burials, except there may be a cremation fee if the funeral home does not own the crematory used.

General Costs

The fees associated with a funeral can also be classified into common types, regardless of the actual arrangement. The Funeral Rule states that all price quotes must be given in person, or over the phone if requested, and that any visitor to the home must be provided with an itemized list of prices. Below are the most common fees charged by a funeral home:

Service Fee – This is the most basic fee incurred, and is considered to be mandatory. The fee covers everything essential to a funeral, such as funeral planning, care and storage of the remains, and processing fees for the necessary paperwork and permits.

Optional Merchandise Fee – These fees cover anything that is considered “optional”. That usually includes things like a casket or coffin, rental fees for the use of a funeral home or chapel space, equipment and staff for a graveside service, and the use of any hearse or limo.

Cash Advances – These fees cover anything that the funeral home must purchase from outside vendors, such as flowers, clergy, and obituaries. Many funeral providers charge you for anything they have to purchase for you. It’s legal for them to add a service fees to this cost, but they must disclose this fact in writing beforehand.

The type of funeral that a deceased individual gets depends not only on their culture and religion, but also their budget. By understanding the different types of funerals and the services that funeral homes charge, you can more easily plan for your own funeral or for that of another.