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Funeral Etiquette

Flowers sent to the funeral home are a beautiful tribute and perfect way to memorialize the passing of a loved one. Flowers provide decoration, fragrance and beauty at a time of grief and sorrow. Banner Flower House offers the largest selection of fresh flowers and plants in the Kokomo, Indiana area. Banner's is the preferred sympathy florist.


What Should I Send?

It is appropriate to send fresh flowers, silk flowers, or plants. Many people prefer to send "keepsakes" such as wind chimes, angels, afghans or music boxes and designate someone in the deceased's family to receive the gift. Fruit and Snack baskets for the family are very appreciated at the service. Any of these thoughtful gifts may be sent to the funeral home or to a family member's home.


"In Lieu of Flowers..."

When making funeral arrangements, the family will sometimes request a charitable donation "in lieu of flowers". Often this message is included to encourage donations, but not meant to specifically omit floral expressions of sympathy. In such cases, it is appropriate to send a donation and also entirely appropriate to send flowers to the service. Families always appreciate kind expressions in their time of grief and floral expressions offer them beauty and comfort. The bareness, the starkness, of a funeral service with no flowers, is truly a sad and memorable experience.


How Should I Sign the Card?

Many sympathy cards are pre-printed with messages such as "With Deepest Sympathy" or "With Love and Prayers". It is also appropriate to include a Bible verse or special memory on the card. You should sign your name(s) so there is no confusion as to who sent the flowers. We will include your address so it is convenient for the family when they send thank you notes.

If you have collected money as a group and there will be a lot of names on the card, sometimes it is better to purchase a full-sized greeting card and have everyone sign it. You can drop the card off and we will include it with the bouquet or gift item.


I Would Like to Include a Special Momento...

If you have a special item you would like us to work into a bouquet, simply drop it off and we will be happy to include it in the remembrance.


Thematic Floral Tributes

If your loved one had a favorite team, or was a farmer, or a golfer, or loved cats, and you would like us to use our creativity to incorporate a theme into your tribute, just let us know. We stock many thematic items or you can bring your own. We are honored to make your tribute as personal as possible.

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