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mourning glory

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 your business.

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 truly memorable.

Designs by Jeff Corbin, AAF, AIFD, PFCI.
Sponsored by the FTD Group.

summer sloace
The uplifting color palette of this summery composition
grants respite to loved ones. Only three flowers are
used—roses, 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.


feminine flair
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. 


refined respect

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 Nielsen Company.

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.

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