While flowers represent joy and happiness at weddings and dinner parties, they also give hope and strength to the family of the deceased at a funeral. Although flowers do not reduce the pain of losing someone, they subtly uplift the mood of a funeral and add a hint of color to an otherwise gloomy occasion. Funeral flower arrangements are easily available at florists or can be made to order, but making them yourself will show your regard for the deceased and the family, and reduce extra costs as well.
Select flowers for the arrangement. Make sure they are not too brightly colored, but instead are white, off white or any light hue. Purchase several roses, carnations, lilies and irises. You can also find out the favorite flower of the deceased, and purchase several stems of those. Also buy greenery such as baby's breath or stems with rich green leaves, which will act as fillers and give the arrangement a fuller, more structured look.
Use a serrated knife to cut floral foam to size, so it fits tightly into the flat basket. Make sure the entire surface is covered with foam, and cut smaller wedges to fit around the edges, if need be.
Place the basket on a flat, even surface and begin adding flowers to it. Gently push four long-stemmed flowers into the center of the foam. These will serve as the focal flowers of the arrangement.
Insert stems of foliage around the focal flowers, and into the sides of the basket. Trim off excess length of some stems before inserting them into the foam so the foliage is of varying heights and points outward from every direction.
Take six flowers and trim their stems at least 3 to 4 inches shorter than the focal flowers. Gently push them at different angles around the center. Repeat this process with other flowers, trimming off their stems and inserting them into the back and sides of the foam, so your flowers are of varying heights, and form a dome-shaped arrangement, with the taller ones in the middle and shorter ones towards the edges. Make sure the entire foam is filled with flowers and foliage.
Review the arrangement and make any adjustments by pulling a stem out of the foam and relocating it elsewhere. Do this carefully, however, so you do not disturb any flowers or foliage close to it. Cover any visible gaps in the foam with crepe paper so your arrangement looks full.