Coordinating themes for today’s sympathy services.
Of all occasions for which florists are called upon to create memorable
floral arrangements, perhaps none have as captive an audience as funeral
and memorial services. Sympathy flowers provide comfort to grieving
families and friends, but they also act as living advertisements for
The following pages showcase coordinating floral arrangements for
funeral and memorial services as well as other sympathy settings.
Consider personalizing them with keepsakes of the deceased to make them
Designs by Jeff Corbin, AAF, AIFD, PFCI.
Sponsored by the FTD Group.
The uplifting color palette of this
grants respite to loved ones. Only three flowers are
snapdragons and larkspurs (Delphiniums)—but the impact is huge,
especially considering the quarter-couch size of the design, which is
arranged into a small spray cage. This versatile, gender-neutral spray
would work well as an accent atop a quilt created by the deceased, or it
could be used on a child’s casket. A bible or picture of the deceased
could be displayed alongside it to expand its size.
MATERIALS: FloraShapes™ Small Cage with
Handle from Floralife; roses, snapdragons, larkspurs
(Delphiniums), ti leaves, Fatsia leaves and salal
leaves from FTD Fresh Flowers.
Although modernly designed using the technique of grouping, this
feminine piece, featuring various shades of pink and purple, has an
overall triangular form that is unmistakably traditional. “Everyday”
flowers (Liatrises, roses and carnations) are combined with garden
flowers (Gerberas, Freesias, Phlox and larkspurs) and more exotic
Dendrobium orchids for a collage of shapes and textures.
MATERIALS: Single Casket Saddle from Syndicate Sales;
Gerberas, Freesias, Phlox, Dendrobiums, Alstroemerias, roses,
larkspur (Delphinium), carnations, Liatrises and fishtail palm (Caryota)
from FTD Fresh Flowers.
This wreath incorporates many of the same flowers along with more
pronounced lilies and tulips. The flowers in this design are less
grouped, however, for a more unified mix. The graceful curves of the
tulips extend from the top to the bottom of the wreath, with a couple of
the blooms barely missing each other in the center. Moss green ribbon,
loosely woven throughout the flowers and tied into a bow at the bottom
of the wreath, softens the contrast between the sharp lines of the easel
and the round wreath form.
MATERIALS: Never-Wilt® Snap-Fit Wreath and wooden easel from The
John Henry Company; #464 Antique Moss ribbon from Morex Corp.;
Hydrangeas, snapdragons, carnations, tulips, statice, spray
chrysanthemums, larkspurs (Delphiniums), Asiatic lilies and disbud
chrysanthemums from FTD Fresh Flowers.
fields of gold
AThis casket spray, bursting with sunflowers reflecting different
stages of development, brings a sense of hope and cheer to a somber
occasion. Plucking the petals from a few of the flowers adds texture
to the design and places the focus on the other flowers. Accent
materials, including Bupleurum, Eucalyptus and acorns, are grouped,
and fasiated willow creates a visually interesting diagonal line
among the other materials. The overall design is agricultural in
nature—perfect for someone who lived in a rural area—but is also
refined and upscale enough for a city dweller.
MATERIALS: Large Casket Saddle from Smithers-Oasis;
sunflowers, Fatsia, Bupleurum, salal, leatherleaf, Eucalyptus and
fasiated willow from FTD Fresh Flowers; leaf acorns from Knud
Jeff Corbin, AAF, AIFD, PFCI has been
involved in the floral industry for 25 years including nearly 16 years
as owner of Radford City Florist in Radford, Va. He is chairman of
Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI) and is a past
president and charter member of the Virginia Professional Florist
Association. He has presented business and design programs throughout
the United States and Canada.