Design considerations for sympathy and funeral tributes

Design considerations for sympathy and funeral tributes

Understanding the Brief

  • Understand the deceased’s personal tastes and preferences, such as favourite flowers or colours.
  • Consider religious or cultural traditions that may affect choice of flowers or arrangement style.
  • Ensure you are aware of any specific requests from the family or instructions relating to the funeral service.
  • Understand the message the family wishes to convey through the tribute.

Choice of Flowers

  • Consider the symbolism of different flowers. Certain flowers can denote specific emotions or sentiments.
  • Be aware of the seasonality of flowers. Some arrangements may not be possible at particular times of the year.
  • Consider the colours of the flowers and whether they are suitable for a solemn occasion.
  • Ensure the floral tribute can withstand potential weather conditions.

Arrangement Style

  • Consider the shape of the arrangement, whether it be tied sheaf, wreath, spray or posy. The choice often depends on customs or personal preference.
  • Pay attention to the size of the arrangement. A larger tribute might be appropriate for a close family member, while smaller tributes could be used for acquaintances or colleagues.
  • Balance the arrangement. Both symmetry and asymmetry can be effective, but the key is creating an arrangement that is visually pleasing.

Longevity of the Arrangement

  • Choose flowers and foliage that will last, as funeral tributes often remain on display for a time after the service.
  • Use a reliable supplier to ensure high-quality, fresh flowers.
  • Consider how the tribute will be transported and displayed to prevent damage or wilting.

Additional Elements

  • Contemplate the use of additional items such as ribbons or ornaments in the tribute. These can provide extra personalisation.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the design; a tribute can lose its impact if too many elements are included.
  • Respect the family’s wishes at all times. The tribute should be a fitting representation of their loved one.

Remember, every tribute you create will be unique, because every person you are honouring is unique. It’s about more than following the rules - it’s about creating something beautiful and poignant that will bring comfort to grieving hearts.