The thought of grave blankets may not conjure up the snuggly memories that it implies, but these pretty bits of greenery bring color to wintry graves and warm the hearts of visitors. When the colorful and delicate flowers of spring and summer have faded, grave blankets (or grave swags) provide very tasteful decoration during the winter months.
Grave Blanket History
Using grave blankets was once primarily a Midwestern tradition delivered to the area by the Scandinavians that settled in the region. The popularity of using grave blankets quickly spread and is now a traditional practice in holiday decoration, especially among smaller towns. Much the same way that a wreath of pine, baby’s breath, poinsettias and more decorate doors in the winter, grave blankets provide a beautiful decoration during a time when fragile fresh flowers may not be able to withstand frigid winter temperatures.
Grave Blanket Etiquette
Communication with a local florist is very important. Often local florists are more familiar with the customs and traditions of local cemeteries. Experience with local funeral homes helps local florists develop a familiarity with the local sextons and cemetery rules that may by very helpful and otherwise foregone.
Ordering or sending grave blankets is as easy as sending grave flowers. However, there are a few things that you need to know before contacting your local florist. If sending grave blankets to a friend or family member in another town, be sure that the recipient is aware that the gift is being prepared. Grave swags are showings of respect and must be placed on the gravesite by a loved one. Because of this and cemetery rules enforced by local sextons, most florists require any grave flowers and decorations to be picked up from the store. To make sure that everything proceeds smoothly, have the recipient’s contact information ready when contacting a local florist.
Whether buying grave blankets from a local florist for your own loved one or a friend, make sure that the cemetery allows this type of grave decoration. Many cemeteries are very particular especially if the gravesites are housed in a private cemetery. Contact the cemetery director for more information. The phonebook isn’t always the best help in finding these good people. Contact your City Hall officials for more information or further contact information before asking a local florist to create a unique grave blanket for your loved one.
See? That’s it. Sending grave blankets is that simple.
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