Flowers at a funeral dates back to ancient times and were traditionally used to cover any unpleasant odours.
Giving flowers for a funeral is a tradition and is one that has evolved considerably over the years.
Whilst many families like to see flowers at a funeral as a mark of love and respect for the departed, others often prefer to have just immediate family floral tributes and then for others to consider making a charitable donation in lieu of spending money on flowers.
If you are considering donating in lieu of spending money on flowers, then a few points to consider are as follows:
- Make your donation in a timely manner (we suggest within a month) making it payable directly to the charity (if by cheque)
- Within your donation attach a brief note specifying:
- The Name of the deceased
- Your own name
- Name of the charity which is often specified by the family
If there is not a specified charity then it is a nice idea to choose one that will mean something to the family of the deceased.
- Donations by individuals to a charity or to community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) are tax free. This tax relief goes to you or the charity. The link below is the Gift Aid declaration form.