Being asked to create someone’s final flowers is the greatest honour you can bestow on a florist.
The funeral work I do is highly bespoke. I don’t have a book of set designs for people to choose from. I want to know about the person – their loves, passions, interests – and about their family too, and how they’d like to remember. I then create a display that will honour your loved one in the best possible way, and always composed of the loveliest fresh blooms.
When you really can’t put into words what you want for your loved one, we will work together in the workshop to find it. You can have all the input you need to have to create exactly the right tribute to symbolise the person who’s passed.
For my father-in-law’s funeral, the displays were in red, green and white to reflect his Italian heritage. Cascades of red and white flowers and bunches of red grapes recalled his lifelong passion for winemaking, and little Italian flags created by all his great-grandchildren were woven throughout the display.
As I work, I save the snips, petals and little bits left over, and I give them to the family to take to the burial. Throwing petals and foliage is a much softer, gentler way to say goodbye than a handful of earth – and has so much more meaning when they have come from the tributes you’ve built with me.
All of my funeral tributes are created with fresh flowers. After the funeral, they can be replicated with silk flowers and foliage, which will last longer and require less maintenance in that final resting place.