Updated: Nov 26, 2019
To create a tribute to celebrate life is the absolute pinnacle of our work.
Clients have told me stories about how their loved one enjoyed gardening as they hand me a bag of branches from their garden or how the scent of sweet peas is evocative of their grandma 'please can the wake be decorated with bud vases of these?' We have used vegetables in tributes for allotementeers and threaded meaningful trinkets through others. Far more than any other event or celebration in life, this is the one that has so much meaning. We use flowers and herbs to translate symbolism as per the Victorian ‘language of flowers’ and we almost always add ‘rosemary for remembrance’ as Ophelia cites in Hamlet.
Our work is created on a simply made grid or wreath of branches tied with twine and a moss pillow placed on top wrapped in more twine. We push stems into this to create the shape and act as a water reservoir. We can also make a hand tied piece to lay on the coffin as part of the service. This creates work that is entirely biodegradable. Clients have told me that they have left them on their lawn for weeks to enjoy and remember after the service.
We deliver pieces all over Essex, Cambridge and across the counties to Funeral Directors and people’s homes, Natural Burial Sites and Woodlands. We have also packed pieces up to be couriered Nationwide on next day or same day delivery with our trusted local couriers. We will source flowers from Cornwall and fellow flower farmers to ensure a beautiful display to befit the client.
I have never ‘advertised’ that we make funeral tributes, simply because I thought it was disrespectful to use in marketing. We find this work such a privilege to do and are so discreet about the work that clients don’t think we will do them!
This year, some of our best clients have emailed asking whether we would be prepared to create pieces for their loved ones, almost as a paid favour in a departure from our usual work. Of course, we would! It is an absolute honour to do so. And I realised it was a disservice to our clients to not ensure they knew we offered this service.
This is what some of our clients have said –
“Thank you again for your help at such a difficult time, you have made the impossible to do very possible.”
“Just wanted to thank you for the beautiful arrangement. We all loved the autumnal colours and the artistic mix of autumn foliage, berries and flowers.
I was also grateful to be able to give you a rough idea of what I liked and then leave the rest to you.
Thank you Anna for your care and attention.”
“Thank you very much for the flowers. They were really beautiful - exactly what I wanted. My mum would have loved them.”