In the sympathy business, there are many temrs used to describe various components of funeral service, including the flowers. Overlapping terminology used by florists in different regions of the country in reference to funeral arrangement styles sometimes be confusing. The followeing section provides definition of sympathy designs, along with other funeral-related terminology.
Basket Arrangement - An arrangement in a container of wicker, plastic, or metal with or without a handle. The width of the container is equal to or greater than the height. It can be displayed on the floor or on a stand. In the South, plastic containers are often used. If a basket arrangement in a wicker container is preferred, it should be specified.
Blooming Plant - A flowering potted indoor plant such as an azalea, chrysanthemum, or spring bulb.
Casket Cover Designs
Casket Lid Inset - A cluster of flowers placed inside the casket, often a tribute from the grandchildren. It may be placed on a pillow, fan, etc.
Couch - A classic, older term referring to the casket.
Cross - A structure consisting of an upright or standard with a transverse beam called an arm. Serveral variations include the following: Latin or Christian cross, Celtic cross, Maltese cross, Cross of Lorraine or Tubercular Leage Cross, and Red Cross.
Easel - A frame, usually three-legged, made of wood, metal, or branches that displays and supports sprays and set pieces
Fireside Basket - A design set in handled, low-sided wicket basket.
Grave Covering (Grave Blanket) - Seasonal greens, usually trimmed with flowers, cones, or bows, placed on a frame and used to cover a grave.
Green Plant - A non-blooming indoor plant.
Heart (Set Piece) - A set piece in the shape of a heart, usually featuring one flower variety and trimmed with a small flower spray. Other variants include the following.
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