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Monday, September 7, 2009

In Lieu of Flowers

While there are other options of expressing sympathy such as charitable contributions, there is no substitute for flowers and the important role they play in the funeral process. Flowers not only warm a funeral or memorial service setting but they also have a positive impact on the emotional well being of the bereaved. Flowers can have profound positive effects on our emotions-they are the visual outpouring of love, sympathy and respect. They help up express our support and grief and promote feelings of compassion and happiness. People tend to feel less depressed anxious around flowers.

Sometimes families include a phrase in the obituary that seems to discourage the expression of sympathy through flowers. The phrase "In Lieu of Flowers" is not normally meant to restrict friends and loved ones from sending flowers if they wish, rather it gives other welcomed options of expression. While a monetary donation is a worthy tribute, there is really no substitute for beautiful flowers at a sympathy service. They comfort the living as they commemorate the lives of the deceased.

When making the decision to send flowers or a charitable contribution on lieu of, consider sending both. Abbott Florist has a broad range of arrangements that can accomodate every budget and express the sincerest form of sympathy to the greiving. We work closely with area funeral homes in the Turnersville, Sewell and Washington Twp area and would be honored to help you in a difficult time.

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