Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral

Published: 28/11/2023
 Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral
Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral

Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult time and funeral flowers often play a significant role during this time. They offer solace, support and a tangible symbol of your love and condolences.   

Following a  funeral, you might find it difficult to part with these beautiful floral arrangements that were so lovingly given. In this article, we'll explore meaningful ideas on how to make the most of funeral flowers, keeping precious memories alive and offering comfort during your time of loss.

Create memorial keepsakes

One way to preserve the memory of your loved one is by transforming funeral flowers into lasting memorial keepsakes. Consider pressing a few petals or small blooms and placing them in a frame with a cherished photograph. This beautiful piece of art can serve as a constant reminder of your loved one's presence in your life.

Gift to a nursing home or hospice

Spread comfort and joy to those in need by donating funeral flowers to a local nursing home or hospice. These vibrant blooms can brighten the day of residents and provide a sense of hope during challenging times.

Arrange for flower preservation 

Preserve the beauty of funeral flowers by having them professionally dried or preserved. Many floral specialists offer this service, and the resulting keepsakes can be cherished for years to come. Whether displayed in a shadow box or a glass container, these preserved flowers can serve as a loving tribute.

Create personalised jewellery 

Transforming funeral flowers into personalised jewellery can be a touching way to keep your loved one close to your heart. Seek out local artisans or online shops that specialise in creating custom pieces from dried flowers. Whether it's a pendant, a bracelet, or even earrings, wearing these creations can offer  a sense of connection.  

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Scatter the petals in a special place

If your loved one had a favourite outdoor spot, consider scattering the petals from the funeral flowers there. It can be a peaceful and symbolic way to return them to nature. Watching the petals float away can provide a sense of release and closure.

Use flowers in DIY potpourri 

Create a fragrant and sentimental potpourri by mixing the dried petals of funeral flowers with your favourite aromatic herbs and spices. This homemade blend can evoke fond memories and fill your home with a comforting scent that reminds you of your loved one.

 Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral
Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral

Gift to family and friends

Share the love and memories with family and friends by dividing the funeral flowers into smaller arrangements or individual blooms. Giving these beautiful tokens of remembrance to those close to you can provide mutual support and comfort during your collective grieving process.  

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Create a remembrance ceremony 

Hosting a remembrance ceremony is a beautiful way to cherish your loved one's memory and involve friends and family. Use the funeral flowers to decorate the space and encourage attendees to share stories and anecdotes. This gathering can be a healing and heartwarming experience as you collectively remember your loved one's life.

 Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral
Ideas on what to do with funeral flowers after a funeral

Create decorative art

Get creative by using the petals and blooms to craft decorative art pieces. You can make candles embedded with dried petals or create unique greeting cards adorned with pressed flowers. These personalised creations can be shared with others or used to decorate your home in memory of your loved one.

Support local artisans 

Reach out to local artisans who specialise in using dried flowers to create artwork, such as framed arrangements or custom-made decor items. Supporting these artisans not only keeps your loved one's memory alive but also supports the local community.   From creating memorial keepsakes to gifting to a nursing home  and supporting local artisans, each choice reflects your love and connection. Choose the option that resonates with you and brings you the most peace. Grief is a unique experience for each individual and it's important to allow yourself the time and space to heal in your own way.  

If you need further advice on how to find details of a funeral or need support dealing with grief, you can find more articles in our support and advice section here.

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