Floral tributes becoming more personalised

Floral tributes are becoming more personalised

Cars, handbags, shoes, cats, mobile phones and even social networking site logos are among the favourite choices for personalised funeral floral tributes, according to new research by The Co-operative Funeralcare.

About 35% of UK funerals include personalised floral designs, with hobbies and pets or personal possessions featuring prominently. However, many designs also give a unique insight into the essence of Britishness. The public have been known to opt for floral tributes that look like a cup of tea, fish and chips, bingo cards, and even an allotment, complete with vegetables. One in eight people choseosing the Union Jack or a national flag as a design.

The study into floral tributes, conducted among funeral directors, as well as the public, found that some love affairs with cars extend to death, while shopaholics  want to be remembered for their shoe or handbag obsessions. Many cat or dog lovers would choose their pet as a design.

“Funerals are becoming more of a celebration of life, than mourning a loss, and people are increasingly choosing more unusual floral designs as a tribute,” said John Williamson, national operations manager. “Our funeral directors are increasingly being asked to provide more unusual tributes which are personalised but offer a unique insight into the ways Britons want to be remembered.

“Families are choosing floral tributes that help them remember a loved one’s interests or hobbies. It is not uncommon to see TV and film characters and games consoles created as floral tributes.”

More traditional floral wreaths or arrangements also remain popular, with roses and lilies topping the list of favourites. Red roses remain the most popular for roses with white lilies and white carnations remaining firm favourites. These flowers are often chosen because of their meaning, with red roses a sign of love and passion, white lilies represent purity and white carnations show innocence and purity.

According to Funeralcare, just under half of today’s funerals are a celebration of life and one in three now include a favourite pop song, football theme or hobby. One in 20 coffins are bespoke.

The top ten most popular choices:
• Car
• Football related
• National flag
• Social media/mobile phones
• Handbag
• Cup of tea/coffee
• Religious symbol
• Shoes
• Cat
• Favourite food

Top five choices – women:
• Handbag
• Shoes
• Cat
• Cup of tea/coffee
• Social media/mobile phones

Top five choices – men:
• Football related
• Car
• National flag
• Pint of beer/Guinness
• Social media/mobile phones

Other interesting choices:
• Fish and chips
• Vegetable allotment
• Bingo cards
• White van/Tools
• Games consoles



 

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