Although flowers are mostly associated with happy occasions, they also can be placed on cemetery graves to express love and respect for the deceased person. Bouquets can be placed on the ground or in a vase in front of a grave and on tombstones, memorial markers or plaques. Although bouquets in different shapes and sizes are readily available at florists, you can easily make one as a gesture of your affection for the deceased.
Consult with the cemetery administrator to determine the cemetery's policy regarding the types of flowers allowed at grave sites. Some cemeteries permit fresh flowers, while others prefer artificial.
Purchase a vase or container from your local craft store or florist. Use a flat container filled with floral foam or a spiked vase made especially for graves, which can be inserted into the ground.
Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut floral foam to the correct size so that it fits snugly into the container or vase. Trim excess foam around the edges to ensure that the foam is secured in the vase. This will help hold the arrangement upright and give it structure. Pour water over the foam so that the foam is saturated, and then insert the foam into the vase.
Choose the flowers for your flower arrangement. Determine each flower's appropriate stem length by placing one just outside the vase to determine its correct height. Trim the excess stem.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to make a cut in each stem. Cut at an angle, avoiding jagged cuts. Vary the length of the stems so your arrangement is more appealing.
Insert the tallest flowers in the center of the foam, pushing in each stem so it stands securely. Add the shorter flowers around them and on the sides.
Add some greenery to your arrangement to create a base, to add color and to fill any empty spots by inserting them around the sides of the flowers. Use baby's breath, ferns or fake moss. Cut the greenery into small sections, and insert the stems into the arrangement at an angle, close to the base.
Review your bouquet and make any amendments by adding flowers if you feel the arrangement looks too empty or by removing flowers if it looks too full.
Add to the arrangement ribbons, miniature items and any other type of embellishment you feel will honor the deceased. For children, add a favorite toy.