One very precious piece of decor in our home is this framed collage from Emily’s funeral. Earlier this year my step-mother-in-law and I put this together and then took a step back and cried. I wanted to share with you a little bit about it as this may be something you would like to do for a friend or for your own grieving heart.
The daisies were ones I purposely pulled from Emily’s casket spray so my step-mother-in-law could dry them. She ended up forgetting about them until she was cleaning out a dresser one day and found the books they were kept in to dry. She was afraid to even open them just in case they were ruined and she would feel terrible about it, so she brought them to my house for us to open together. They were beautiful!
I had kept several funeral programs, but really didn’t know what to do with them. Seeing these daisies gave me the idea that I should put together a collage and add the daisies to the outside of the collage.
I used two funeral programs so I could have all four sides and took them to Hobby Lobby to the frame shop there. They helped me arrange them and choose a frame and mat. My step-mother-in-law and I decided we would add the daisies ourselves, so Hobby Lobby left the frame where we could get into it.
Once the frame and programs were finished, we got together and opened up all the daisies so we could chose which ones would look best in the frame.
There were two that were near perfect and then there was the one you see in the top right hand corner that had petals falling off. I wanted that one specifically. I wanted it to represent my tears falling.
We used a cold heat glue gun to glue all the delicate daisies onto the mat and then glued the loose petals down the side of the mat. The finished product took our breath away.
If you have a friend who has lost a loved one and you think you would like to do something like this for him or her, don’t hesitate to ask if you can have a couple of flowers from the casket spray, but be aware that it is very necessary you tell them you are wanting to make something for them from the flowers and also don’t be hurt if they say no. If they would rather you did not take any flowers from the casket spray, take note of what flowers are in the grouping and purchase them to dry yourself.
I truly believe this is a remembrance any grieving family would be honored to receive.