The culture offlowers at the funeral: important nuances of farewell gestures
A selection of fresh flowers
Each country has its own funeral traditions. There are countries where flowers are not brought to the funeral, but in Latvia it is customary to go to the cemetery with flowers. What to consider when choosing colors? It is important to understand that we are going to say goodbye to a man and better bring those flowers that he loved. “If you do not know this, ask the relatives better,” says florist at the Aina flower salon Vita Kashevska. It will be a cute and very personal choice, and therefore the most faithful.
“Do not be afraid to go to the funeral with a bouquet of orange dalias or an armful of blue cornflowers, if you know that these were the deceased’s favorite flowers and brought him joy. – Perhaps some flowers will attract your attention, and you will understand that this is a suitable choice for a farewell bouquet. Do not hesitate to consult with the workers of the flower shop – they will be happy to help you. If it is difficult for you to decide, choose white flowers – always a polite and error-free option. “There are flowers that do not fit the occasion, for example, the wedding is not presented with roses with thorns or lilies with pollen, and then there are no special rules for the funeral. If it is known which flowers the deceased loved, then there are no restrictions on color, variety or quantity.
“If you cannot decide between fragrant lilies or other flowers, it is better to stop on flowers without a pronounced smell. People associate memory for flowers, therefore, having heard the intense smell of lilies at a funeral, and then again at a celebration or holiday, having heard this scent, a person will remember the day of the funeral, “explains Vita. At the funeral usually bring an even number of flowers.
If you find it difficult to decide, then choose white flowers – this is always a polite and unmistakable option.
When buying cheap funeral flowers, remember that they must be wrapped in paper. This isnecessary so that in cold weather the flowers do not wilt too early, do notbreak in transport and crumble. Funeral wreaths, corners and bouquets are alsowrapped in paper. However, at the farewell ceremony, be sure to remove theflowers from the packaging. The packaging of flowers for burial in atransparent film does not quite match the local mentality. Florist notes thatin some countries it is customary to wrap flowers in transparent, shiny or evenmulti-colored paper, but this is not the case in Latvia.
The stems of cut flowers are usually tied with a ribbon, and, by the way, not necessarily black – you can choose a ribbon of any calm color: dark blue, dark green, purple, white, or choose the color of the ribbon for flowers. For example, a bouquet of four yellow callas can be tied with a yellow and black ribbon.
Flowers in the crematorium
Usually it is customary to bring fewer flowers to the crematorium Often people come with two or four flowers. However, as we found out in the crematorium, you can come to the farewell ceremony with a Strauss or a wreath. If you want to donate a magnificent bouquet goodbye – do not restrain yourself. There are no restrictions on the number of colors in the crematorium, although many people think otherwise. t��0~��