If you have recently lost a loved one, a lot of people may be preparing to send flowers to the funeral. While receiving a lot of flowers can be very touching as it shows how loved and appreciated the deceased person was, you may be left wondering what to do with the bouquets and wreaths once the funeral service is over. Read on to discover 3 ways you can recycle the flowers from a funeral.
Donate them to the funeral home
It is worth checking if the funeral home has a flower recycling scheme. Flower recycling schemes aim to make use of the flowers while they are still fresh. Volunteers work to dismantle the existing arrangements so each individual flower can be used to create new bouquets that are suitable for general use. The flowers are then distributed to local hospitals, hospices, retirement villages and other locations where they will be appreciated. Knowing that the flowers used at a loved one's funeral are going to go on giving joy to others can help you to take something positive from what will no doubt be a difficult day.
Make potpourri and send it to mourners
If you are planning to send out thank you cards to those who attended the funeral service or who sent flowers, you may wish to incorporate the flowers themselves into your thank you. The easiest way of doing this is to create potpourri using the flowers. To make potpourri, all you need to do is to pick the petals from the flowers. Soak the flowers in essential oils to add an additional scent to them and then spread them evenly on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in the middle of an oven that is on a medium setting and bake them until they start to shrink and crisp up. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before mixing the petals together.
Photograph the flowers before placing them in an organic waste bin
If you know that you will want to remember the flowers in the future, you should have them photographed before placing them in an organic waste bin. Organic waste will be placed on compost heaps until it breaks down. The resulting compost will then be used to grown new plants and flowers.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can recycle flowers, you should get in touch with a funeral home today.