Most of us prefer not to think too much about our own funerals. And that can make an already difficult time more challenging as family & friends struggle to choose funeral flowers as a final gift for you.
Feeling emotional, choosing a style from a catalogue is how most people have to do this. Another item ticked off the lengthy list of arrangements to be made.
Part of the difficulty is we don't know what else could be available or how much it might cost. Sometimes the traditional arrangements offered, while beautiful, may not be in a style you feel reflects the person you loved.
Funeral flowers, in my humble opinion, should start with the person you knew & loved. What did they love to do? Their favourite flowers? Colours? Were they a lover of the great outdoors, the natural world, their garden perhaps?
And if they were trying to live a natural, 'green' life as best they could, it seems ironic to give funeral flowers arranged in non-biodegradeable plastic, cellophane & floral foam. Many natural burial grounds don't allow funeral tributes using these materials to be left at the graveside.
So I offer an alternative. Natural flowers & foliage, mostly grown by ourselves here in Galloway. Always 100% grown in the British Isles, all year round. Arranged simply in an informal 'garden style' & 100% compostible, if required.
We've incorporated many personal touches - the wheat for the Farmers wife, the blue ribbons for the 'Queen of the South' fan, the Sweet Peas because it was her favourite flower, the cones & larch for the forester... And if you would like flowers from your loved ones garden included, I'll do my best to do so (subject to quality, of course).
Some examples of arrangement shapes are pictured on our Funeral Flowers page. If you would like something else, let's talk & we'll see what might be possible. Funeral flowers are, should be, personal, unique, chosen for that special person.
The way I arrange natural funeral flowers is not everybody's style or taste. But if you feel it would be the right choice for the one you cared for, get in touch by telephone or email.
Telephone; Rosie Gray on 01644 420407. If I don't answer, please do leave a message. I might be outside working (we grow most of our own flowers), out on a delivery or just not able to put a bouquet I'm making down quickly enough to answer. I'll return your call as soon as I can.
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% British Flowers all year round.