Why not eliminate the expense of flowers and donate the money to charity?
There certainly are many worthy charities. Experience shows that most people see value in both. For example, if the person died from cancer, a donation to the Cancer Society in memory of the individual is especially meaningful. At the same time, it is nice to send flowers to the family left behind. There is nothing like the beauty of flowers to soften the sadness and truly express the caring felt by friends for the bereaved. The best way to understand the value of flowers is to attend a funeral where there are none.
Ceremony marks every transition in life; weddings, baptisms, graduation, and funerals. It helps recognize the importance of the life that has been lived. Through music, poetry, and often scriptures, friends and family can draw comfort from the gathering of all those people whose lives have been touched by the person who has died.