Flowers have long played an important role at funerals. With the discovery of flowers in burial sites inside caves in the Middle East dating back more than 60,000 years, this confirms mankind has been performing farewell rituals with flowers for thousands of years.
Initially flowers were used at funerals as a means to cover bad odors however over time the purpose of funeral flowers has evolved. Flowers at funeral services are a way to express comfort and sympathy to friends and family who have lost loved ones. They are also a symbol of respect to the person who has passed.
A survey commissioned by the American Floral Endowment (AFE) through the Floral Marketing Research Fund in 2014, found that of the Funeral Directors surveyed, they considered flowers to be the biggest comfort to the bereaved. Over half surveyed believed floral tributes were a clear expression of sympathy, followed by a way to commemorate the deceased. Additionally, almost 75% encouraged the bereaved to have flowers at funeral services. (more…)