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Funeral arrangements

As you already might know I am also a teacher in floristy. Sometimes people ask me if I can make funeral pieces too. Ofcourse I can. Last week a very special lady died, she was the mother of my husbands best freind. He and his family were  sort of surrogate/ foster parents for him after his mother died. She wanted me to make her funeral piece so I did. Feeling very gratefull and hounoured to be asked to do so.

Her special request was to use some branches of the monkey tree she has in her front garden... She loved Dainthus as they were in her bridal bouqeut, Asparagus too and Roses, They had many Zanthedechia's in the garden so they also had to be included. I used  much greens from their own garden, making it even more personal. 

On Tuesdayafternoon, one day before the funeral I started making the 4 pieces the family of them had ordered. Many pictures ahead here 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

The base of the piece was an Oasis@ bar, which I left in thewater for one day, making sure it was completely filled with water. 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,monkeytree, apenboom

I added a green edge first so that was done. I thought of ways to secure the branches a tought job as every leave has a pointy end, like a needle. I secured it with wooden sticks and with very thick floristy wire 1,5 mm

The next step was to add the flowers in between and oh boy was I looking forward to that part (not!! hihihi) Anyway I said A so now B.  It was softly raining and it fell to me nature was weeping about her death too. my hands were cold and itchy but I got more and more "excited" about the result the longer I worked at it.

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,monkeytree, Roses, Dianthus

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viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,

And then as final touch 3 Zantehedeschia's. More would have taken away the effect of the lines from the monkey tree, 

viltalakim, bloemwerk, grafwerk, flowers,Calla, Zanthedeschia

And checking how the result wil be while laying flat on the ground. 

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viltalakim, grafwerl, bloemwerk, flowers. BIedermeier

This piece was from the grandchildren, they were with 7 and 4 grand grand children. As symbolism for that they asked for 7 Red Roses in there. 

Another piece was made with the monkey tree branches and Peonies, which I added in the car with bananas to get them open on time . As it was warmer there as in my house. 

A very colorful one too as the lady was never a wallflower. 

biedermeier

And a small biedermeier from ourselves as our last offer. 

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Delivered everything in the church on time. Looked perfect on the coffin.

 Rest in Peace Dear Mrs W. . 

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6 Comments for Funeral arrangements

Colien | May 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

Wow, wat heb je hard gewerkt! Stuk voor stuk mooie bloemwerken, Kim! Bijzonder dat je zoiets mag maken, fijn dat je dat vertrouwen krijgt. (zo voel ik dat…)
grtz.Colien

Author comment by Kim | May 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

dank je en ja zo voelde dat voor mij ook :)

stannie | May 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Wauw! Weer heel mooi!

Terriea | May 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

Kim, you made such perfect and respectful flower arrangements. I can see every piece with your thoughfulness and care. White and green is gorgeous and with dignity. 7 red roses rep. children are thriving. I can see the funeral is the last good moment of the nice lady.

Author comment by Kim | June 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Thank you Terriea!! I know death is part of life. we come and we go. But flowers as last offer to someones life just feels good.

Rima | July 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm

That is such a meaningful piece, Kim you are a true Artist

Love Rima

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