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If you’re choosing or creating a flower arrangement for a funeral this fall, why not make it not only appropriate and beautiful, but also seasonal? Autumn is a lovely time of year, and even though it’s not bursting with fresh, new blossoms like the ones that bloom in spring, the fall lends itself to arrangements that are lush and gorgeous, perfect to honor a life. What will you choose to make your fall flower arrangement perfect?

First, before you choose a funeral arrangement, no matter what time of year, it’s important to consider some points of etiquette. As a general rule of thumb, your relationship to the person who has died should dictate the kind of arrangement you send. Only the immediate family places a spray on the casket, for example, and oversized arrangements from people who did not know the person well are inappropriate. The closer you were to the person, the larger your arrangement is allowed to be. Don’t get too elaborate, though, and stay tasteful in regards to color and shape. You don’t want to send anything inappropriate that will distract people from paying their respects and focusing on the service. Don’t choose anything silly or whimsical, and if you’re unsure about something, ask.

Most of the time, you can get just about any kind of flower you want, year-round, for the right price. Since the fall is the harvest season, though, you may want to choose an arrangement in the color of the season, using beautiful, warm colors like red, yellow and orange. Look for flowers like chrysanthemums, goldenrod, and black-eyed Susans, or go with a pink and purple theme, choosing sweet alyssum, heather, and beautyberry. If you’re looking for something delicate, pansies are a beautiful autumnal option, and if you’re looking for a bright pop of color, you can choose a plant like celosia to make a bold statement. It’s usually best to keep the colors in a subdued palette, out of respect for the family and the person who has died, but if you knew the person well and he or she loved bright colors, there might be some leeway in choosing your flowers. In the fall, it adds interest to incorporate seasonal decorations, like berries, pine cones, and burlap, taking care not to make the arrangement look too dry. A knowledgeable florist can help you determine what’s appropriate and will make an attractive arrangement.

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. Committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting, we welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.


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