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Sympathy Flowers


Learn the art of floral tributes in this design class devoted to sympathy flowers and funeral arrangements.  Expressions of sympathy can range from fruit and plant baskets, wreathes, crosses or hearts on easels, to varying types and sizes of casket sprays. Basic flower arranging techniques are helpful, but not required. Suggested supplemental text: flower arranging - Step-By-Step Instructions For Everyday Designs - Teresa P. Lanker


  • Learn the differing types of arrangements suitable for sympathy/funeral designs
  • Create several finished pieces
  • Learn about changing trends in the industry: example cremation and memorial pieces



  • Supply list distributed and discussion of different types of arrangements
  • Traditional Arrangements
  • Specialty Arrangements

 2. Hearts and Crosses, Standing Sprays and Standing Wreathes

  • Easels
  • Ribbons vs. Greenery

 3. Casket Sprays

  • Half & Quarter Sprays
  • Full Casket Sprays

 4. Casket Pieces

  • Corsages & Boutonnieres for the Deceased
  • Inside Casket Pieces-Floral Rosary, Pillow, Heart, etc.

 5. Baskets

  • Fruit and Plant Baskets
  • Fireside Baskets
  • Take Home Baskets

 6. Cremations-Specialty Pieces

  • Memorial Pieces
  • Wreathes


AVN 8953, AVN 8954 and/or basic floral arranging techniques

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-on practice


  • Class attendance and participation
  • Demonstration of skills