Should I Send Flowers or Bring Them with Me?
Flowers are a traditional and much-appreciated way of showing your respect. These can be as a traditional funeral wreath or less formal floral arrangement.
You can send them beforehand, to the home of the deceased’s family or to the funeral venue. Just make sure they arrive in time for the day of the funeral. It’s also fine to bring flowers with you on the day. There’s usually an area set aside for floral tributes.
When it comes to what to write on funeral flowers, you can add a simple card saying who they are from. This can be accompanied by a short message, perhaps ‘in loving memory’ or ‘forever in our thoughts’. Keep it simple and sincere.
Sometimes, the family will ask for a charity donation instead of flowers. It’s important to respect this. You should donate at least as much as you would have spent on flowers. There may also be a charity collection at the end of the service so remember to bring some money for this.
How long is a funeral?
Funerals vary in length and there are no set rules. As an indication, a religious service, either at a church or crematorium will last between 30-45 minutes. A non-religious led by a celebrant will last between 15-20 minutes.