Decisions You Will Need to Make When Planning a Funeral

After my father passed away suddenly, my mother, siblings and I all struggled with planning his funeral. We were already in a state of shock and sorrow, and then we were overwhelmed with the options and decisions we had to make in regards to the funeral. Luckily for us, we worked with an amazing funeral home and funeral director who helped guide us through the process. I know how hard it is to plan a funeral and how many decisions need to be made. This website was created in order to give families preparing to lay a loved one to rest a guide of sorts that will help them determine what decisions will need to be made and information about those decisions. I extend my sympathies to you if you are in this position and hope my website helps to make things a little bit easier for you.

Tips To Help Your Cut Flowers Last Longer


Cut flowers are commonly given to individuals for major events and for decorating a space before a function. Whether it is for a wedding or a funeral, cut flowers have the power to significantly improve the appearance and feel of the room holding the event. Sadly, these flowers can start to wilt and die within hours of being placed into the vase. However, following a couple of simple tips can help ensure that your cut flowers look as good as possible for as long as practical. 

Give Them More Than Water

Many people assume that the flowers will only need water to stay alive. This belief often comes from the fact that most plants only need to be regularly watered to keep them alive and healthy. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth because plants require various nutrients to survive. 

Unless you add these nutrients to the water in the vase, your flowers will be unable to survive for very long. Luckily, giving them the nutrients they need is not an overly difficult task. By simply adding a couple of tablespoons of sugar and white vinegar to the water, you can help ensure that your flowers are getting the nutrients they need despite being in a vase without roots. 

Split The Bottom Of The Stems

Cut flowers are able to survive in water because the stem is still able to absorb small amounts of water from the vase. Unfortunately, the process of cutting the flowers can damage the tissue in the stem, and this may make it difficult for the flower to absorb the water and nutrients it needs. 

To mitigate this issue, you should gently split the bottom of the stems using an extremely sharp knife. By splitting the stem, you are increasing the surface of the stem's tissues, and this will significantly improve its ability to absorb water. In most instances, you will only need to split the stem less than a half inch to help the plant improve its absorption. While this will not keep your flower alive indefinitely, it can extend the life long enough to help ensure that your event is not plagued by unsightly flowers. 

Flowers are one of the most common forms of decoration used at both funeral and weddings, but these ornaments are extremely expensive and difficult to keep alive. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce these problems by adding nutrients to the water in your vase and splitting the bottom of your flowers' stems.

For more information about funeral flowers, contact Walker Funeral Home or a similar location.


8 April 2015