I get questions about what to do with
funeral flowers. Here's an idea you may be able to use.
can print out a little verse, using a pretty Calligraphy type of font on
nice paper and include the name someplace on the picture, then arrange the flowers in a pleasing way around the verse.
just a tiny bit of glue on the flowers and let it dry completely before
an acid free paper, watercolor paper is a good choice if in doubt.
can make the verse be the center of the picture, or you can print it on a
different kind of paper, tear the edges and assemble it all in the style of
a collage. If you choose to do collage, you could include any other special
little mementos if you like.
the great care in framing your finished picture. You need to completely
seal your pressed flower picture so that air can't get in and cause damage
to the flowers over time. It may seem like it's a lot of trouble to go
through, but it's worth it in the long run.
As simple, yet
meaningful, gesture you could press a single flower or rose petal and use it
to make a bookmark. Use a nice paper or cardstock and protect it with Contac
paper or by lamination; you will have a special memorial.
If you feel like putting some
time into it, you can try to press a rose
or orchid. What
could be more special?
If you like, I
can do it for you. Here are some easy instructions
if you want to know how to ship flowers to be
pressed or freeze dried.
DO NOT PUT YOUR FLOWERS IN
A FREEZER! When they are removed they will thaw and turn to
mush...there will be nothing left to preserve.
There may be
a special verse or poem that you want to use. If you draw a blank,
here's some I like:
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven,
And bring you home again.
When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.
Gone yet not
forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.
A gift for
such a little while, you loss just seems so wrong, you should not
have left before us, it's with loved ones you belong.
I thought of
you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought about you
yesterday and days before that too.
I think of
you in silence, I often speak your name, all I have are memories and
your picture in a frame.
is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in His
keeping I have you in my heart.