Mission Parks Flower Shop
Honoring and Remembering Loved Ones
Our staff can assist with floral tributes from family and friends. A wide variety of selections are available that can be displayed at the service, ceremony or visitation. When flowers are arranged by one of our directors, we ensure the beauty and quality of the arrangement, as well as boutonnières for pallbearers and waive any delivery charges.
In San Antonio, we use Spring Garden Flower Shop as our flower provider, and highly recommend them if you wish to call them direct, or visit their website.
Funeral Flower FAQs
Flowers are an integral part of the funeral process. In fact, sympathy flowers have been part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture throughout history. For those less familiar with funeral flowers and sympathy etiquette, questions often arise. The following questions are some of the most common, along with advice from the Society of American Florists and our own experience.
Is there a 'right' or 'wrong' type of arrangement to send as a sympathy gift? Answer
There are a variety of appropriate options in sympathy flowers. Traditional sympathy arrangements, including triangular or fan-shaped designs, easel sprays, and baskets, are still among the most popular in many areas. These often include carnations, chrysanthemums, glads, and lilies or roses, but may also include any other favorite flowers. Most florists are also happy to create floral tributes with more stylish designs and themes. Mixed flower arrangements which look "just-picked-from-the-garden," elegant vased bouquets of European flowers, and dramatic groupings of a single flower type are just some of the more contemporary choices. Baskets of green and flowering plants are also popular as a gift that's convenient for the family to take home or give to a local hospital or charity. There is no right or wrong approach. The choice is up to you. The best advice is to select something you think the family will appreciate.
Do some flower arrangements look too 'cheery' for a funeral? Answer
Absolutely not. A funeral service is a way to honor someone's life, and bright, colorful flowers are a meaningful part of that tribute. In addition to adding beauty to an otherwise somber occasion, flowers provide a comforting diversion -- something to talk about or look at -- during the visitation. Of course, other color schemes are popular, too. Soft pinks, purples, and other pastels are appropriate for a feminine touch, while autumn tones have a more masculine theme. White, for peace, and red, for undying love, are also very popular at funerals and contrast well when combined.
Sometimes I see a charity mentioned 'in lieu of flowers' in the death notice. Is it still appropriate to send flowers? Answer
Because flowers help you say what is often difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste. Many people want to express sympathy and show respect for the deceased in a variety of ways, including charitable contributions, food donations, a helping hand, or cards and flowers. Flowers also play a functional role, adding warmth to the service and providing the visible, emotional support that the bereaved need during a difficult time. Funeral directors agree that most people do not want a service completely devoid of flowers.
What can I do to make my arrangement special from the rest? Answer
To make your floral tribute particularly special, ask your florist to create an arrangement that fits the deceased's personality, for example, a rustic basket of wildflowers to honor someone who loved the outdoors. You could also include his or her favorite flowers or colors, or a flower that had special significance in your relationship with that person. Whatever you do, the family is sure to notice and appreciate it.
I am part of a group. What are some suggestions? Answer
When groups, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors, business associates, and clubs go in together on flowers, the arrangements can be very special and make a larger showing. Such pieces can include standing sprays and wreaths. When sending flowers as a group, include a contact name and address on the card so the family knows whom to thank.
What is appropriate to send for a cremation? Answer
Cremations are becoming an alternative for many religions that previously opted for burials. Many cremations first hold a standard funeral service in a chapel or church and flowers are appropriate. As cremations are becoming more acceptable in many religions, viewings are often held first and later the cremation occurs following the funeral service. Flowers, especially standing sprays, baskets or even an elegant vase arrangement are suitable.
When it is considered too late to send an expression of sympathy? Answer
It is always more appropriate to acknowledge a loss than to ignore it, especially if the person experiencing the loss is a coworker or friend. A floral arrangement received at the home after the activity surrounding the funeral can be a comforting, welcome reminder that friends haven't forgotten. In fact, research shows that bereaved family and friends appreciate being thought of in the weeks or months after the funeral. A personal note or 'we are thinking of you' message with the flowers would be especially nice. Any support you can offer will let the family know you care.
What should be written in a condolence letter? Answer
A condolence letter is a personal letter to a member of or the entire bereaved family expressing your sincere sympathy on the loss of their family member. If you have a special memory, it is appropriate to share that information if you wish to. The purpose is to offer comfort and support to the bereaved.
Can you send flowers if there is no funeral service, just a memorial? Answer
Yes. It is appropriate to send floral arrangements to a memorial.
What does ¨in lieu of flowers¨ mean? Answer
It means ¨in place of or instead of flowers.¨ Depending on religious or personal circumstances, customs or the wishes of the deceased, family and friends may be asked to make a contribution to a specific charity instead of sending floral arrangements. Generally this information can be found in the obituary.
How do I know what charity to donate to? Answer
If the bereaved would prefer donations to a charity in lieu of flowers generally the information can be found in the obituary or in literature at the funeral parlor. You may also wish to donate to a specific charitable cause on your own and many will send a notification to the bereaved of your donation in the deceased’s name.
What is a Wreath? Answer
A floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life.
What is a Spray? Answer
Flowers designed for viewing from one side only. Sprays are often placed on an easel stand.
What is a Floral Arrangement? Answer
An assortment of fresh flowers in a vase, basket or other container. Casket Spray - Flowers designed for the top of the casket, usually ordered by the family. Inside Piece - A general term to describe small floral designs placed inside the casket such as satin hearts, nosegays or small sprays.