Funeral Giving Etiquette by Jackman’s
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Funeral Giving Etiquette

This guide will help you choose the sympathy arrangement that is right for you.

Table/Basket Arrangements

A basket or table arrangement serves as a symbol of love, respect, and affection for both the deceased and the bereaved.

Can be delivered to the funeral home, or home of the bereaved

Commonly sent by family members, friends, and business associates.

Plants

The calming and stress relieving nature of green plants makes them ideal sympathy gifts.

Can be delivered to the funeral home, or home of the bereaved.

Commonly sent by extended family, friends, and co-workers.

Casket Spray

A decorative floral composition designed to sit atop of the casket.

Should be delivered to the funeral home.

The casket spray is usually ordered by a close family member as part of the funeral arrangements.

Standing Spray

A flower composition that sits on top of an easel. These designs can take many shapes including hearts and religious symbols such as crosses.

Should be delivered to the funeral home.

Usually sent by family members, business associates or on behalf of a group.

Wreath

These circles of fresh flowers and foliages symbolize eternal life.

Usually delivered to the funeral home, and is often brought to the gravesite.

Wreaths are commonly sent by family, close friends, business associates or on behalf of a group or organization.

Fruit and Gourmet Basket

Gourmet baskets contain items such as chocolate, fruit and cheese. A fruit and gourmet basket is designed to comfort the bereaved rather then serve as a memorial to the deceased.

Should be sent to the home of the bereaved.

Sent by extended family, friends of the family and co-workers/business associates.