Memorial Flowers


This week has been filled with much sadness.  A father, of a friend of mine, died after a tough battle with Cancer on Monday.  On Tuesday, a friend from high school succumbed to cancer as well, leaving behind a wife and 2 young children.  It has been heavy on my heart.  I am bringing dinner to the one family tonight- its one thing they wont have to think about.  I live too far away from the other family.  Everyone feels so helpless- because we cant erase or take it away ourselves.  What can I really do to ease their pain?? I know my prayers for comfort, strength and peace, hugs and kind words are helpful and appreciated.  But I have also decided to send White Stargazer Oriental Lilies for them to plant as a remembrance year after year.  I am hoping it will be able to bring  comfort each time they bloom.  (They are all white, have such a beautiful scent and can also be appreciated as a cut flower.)<img class="alignright size-large wp-image-184" title="” src=”×766.jpg” alt=”” width=”640″ height=”478″ />

Death is a part of life that is always difficult.  Funerals are often a focus on what you enjoyed or loved about that special individual.  It often is a celebration of that person’s life.  That celebration/remembrance can take on many forms.

Calla lily

Calla Lily

Some ways are bringing flowers to a grave site, planting a tree, planting flowers or even a garden to celebrate/remember that person’s life. This soothing act may be done by as private memorial garden, or can be shared by a larger group of friends, with each adding a memorial plant to their own landscape.

If your the one planning the memorial, you can give every memorial service attendee a flower bulb to plant in the deceased’s honor.  It will also remind them of that individual with a smile on their face every year.

There are a number of bulbs that thrive in most US climates and growing conditions (coming back year after year); some examples include alliums, daffodils, gladiolus, lilies, irises, and tulips. An Amaryllis would be a great indoor selection.

BIG dahlias

BIG Dahlias

Red Lion Amaryllis







Siberian Iris













Flowers can be enjoyed for their beauty, smell, what they attract, what or who they remind us of or just for decoration. Thank you God, for flowers!

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5 Responses to Memorial Flowers

  1. Jean/Jean's Garden says:

    Gabrielle, I’m sorry to hear of your recent losses. I agree that flowers in the garden are a wonderful memorial, reminding us again each year of the person for whom they are planted. When a friend of my parents who was an avid gardener died a few years ago, his children handed out packets of seeds for some of his favorite flowers at the funeral. I thought it was a wonderful way to remember him.

    • Gabrielle says:

      Ah, yes.. seeds would be a nice idea too! I meant to add something regarding why you buy gladiolus because of your father in my post. Thanks again for your input!

  2. fewilyn says:

    the flowers are beautiful and attractive of the visitors.

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