Losing a loved one is a difficult experience and offers a time and place to come together to commemorate their special life. We recognize the challenges of this difficult time and are here to help you through the process of ordering and sending expressions of sympathy. We hope to help you as best as we can by providing useful information about floral etiquette for funerals, different cultural practices, and offering you beautiful ideas that pay tribute to your loved one and express compassionate support for remaining family and friends.
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.
At Pismo Beach Florist, we’re here to help you through this difficult time by arranging all your floral needs—whether you’re a close relative or friend of the deceased. We offer a variety of floral arrangements, expressions of sympathy, and memorial baskets.
The first step to ordering floral arrangements for the funeral service or visitation or sending floral arrangements to the family of the deceased, is to understand the proper etiquette of doing so.
For the Family
· Funeral Flowers: Burials traditionally include sprays to be placed on a casket, insets, and wreaths and other blooms on easels.
· Family members usually order the casket spray and any flowers to be placed inside the casket. Additional fresh flowers, easel arrangements, and other flowers are often added by family members.
· Memorial Floral Arrangements: Memorials typically feature an urn and memory piece surrounded by flowers or flanked with fresh accents.
· Memorial at Sea: Our florist will design a 100% all-natural biodegradable wreath for your memorial at sea. Additional fresh flowers often are offered to attendees to toss into the sea at the conclusion of the service once asses and wreath are set adrift.
· Family members usually order any flowers to be placed around the urn, memory piece, or Sea wreath. Additional fresh flowers, easel arrangements, toss flowers, and European baskets (including both green and blooming plants), and other flowers are often added by family members.
Groups or individuals close to the deceased or family members often send their own arrangements as well. You may bring flowers directly to a funeral home, but always give the bouquet or arrangement to the funeral director for proper placement. Include your first and last name in the enclosure card. If sending from a group, you can include everyone’s name or simply the group name, like “Friends from the office.” Include at least one contact name so that a thank you card can be sent.
Some common sentiments to write inside of an enclosure card include:
“Our prayers are with you.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
“Peace and comfort.”
“You are in our thoughts”
“Peace of the Lord be with you.”
“Please accept my condolences.”
“You have my deepest sympathy.”
Some terminology associated with funerals and services
Personalize or Honoring the loved one:
We celebrate the idea that every memorial or funeral service is unique. For a personalized and custom arrangement, Pismo Beach Florist provides the opportunity to acknowledge the unique personality of your loved one by capturing their persona, momentous occasions, milestones, or their life’s journey. (If you have a special keepsake or memento of your loved one, we invite you to have it included.)
Visitation (also known as prayer service, reviewal, or wake):
Usually held at a funeral home the evening before the funeral service, where friends and family may meet with the family of the deceased and extend their condolences.
Usually held immediately or a day after the visitation. It may be held at a church, funeral home, memorial chapel, or gravesite.
Banner (also known as a Ribbon, Sash, or Script):
Gold lettering (block print) written on a ribbon, expressing the relationship of the deceased to the sender. For example, “Mother,” “Wife,” “Sister,” or “Grandmother.”
An arrangement of flowers placed on a casket.
A frame, usually 3-legged, made of wood, metal, or branches that displays and supports sympathy pieces. Arrangements designed for easel display can be a spray, wreath, cross, heart, and/or free-form shapes.
Flowers designed as a 3-sided arrangement to be displayed on a pedestal.
Basket: Arrangement of green and blooming plants in various styles of baskets. A basket offers a lovely alternative in floral memorials and may easily be divided following the service for family members to each take home a plant.
A cluster of flowers placed inside the casket, often a tribute from the grandchildren or other close family group.
Designed to surround or complement a cremation urn or box. Please provide vessel dimensions so that the design can be appropriately sized.
A vessel made of glass, porcelain, earthenware, or metal, usually higher than it is wide, used to hold cut, arranged flowers.
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Address: 555 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: (805) 489-4717
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Address: 1239 Longbranch Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433
Phone: (805) 489-5552
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Address: 991 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 544-7400
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Address: 895 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: (805) 489-2475
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Phone: (805) 543-6871
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Phone: (805) 995-3664
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Address: 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, CA 93402
Phone: (805) 528-1500