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It's traditional to purchase flowers when financing a funeral. This, however, isn’t always a good idea, and can sadly be a waste of money. When you’re financing a funeral, the costs can really add up, especially if you're starting with a low budget in the first place. The average funeral costs about $6,500, and you could spend hundreds more on flowers for the casket and viewing room.
One of the main reasons to refrain from purchasing flowers is simply the cost. Even if you don’t purchase flowers, you’ll still have a beautiful viewing and funeral room. Many people know that financing funerals is a big deal. They don’t expect the family of the deceased to pay for flowers. Instead, they send flowers as gifts for the family. These are beautiful reminders of life and can help make a viewing room more cheerful.
Often times families are overwhelmed by the flowers they get from friends, distant relatives, and organizations connected with the deceased. By the time all these flowers come to the funeral home, there will be no need to buy additional bouquets, and the un-used flowers end up getting thrown away or left behind. When you’re financing a funeral, just worry about the major costs you have to cover.
If you’re worried about receiving an over-abundance of flowers from family and friends, ask for donations to be made in the deceased's name to their favorite charities instead. Many families prefer this because it honors the memory of their loved one, and frees them from the taking care of the flowers after the service.
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