Recently when my sweetheart passed away the burial was to be at a veterans cemetery. The cemetery does not allow baskets or vases to be placed on the grave immediately after burial. Only sprays, which I assume they fold the stands so that they are ground level. So, there were few flowers at the funeral home. I had bought a vase of lilies with two red roses in the center (he loved to give me red roses so that was my way of honoring his sweet gestures)
After the funeral was over, I brought that vase of flowers home and enjoyed them for days to come.
My point is this..........
Why do people wait until someone dies to buy them flowers? How often do we say 'Oh, I'll send those flowers, write a letter, visit, make a call, tell them I love them?" We put off doing those things and then they are gone and it is too late.
I have a book on my bookshelf (a gift from my son) titled '30 Lessons For Living' where Karl Pillemer interviewed countless elderly people about how they lived their lives and the lessons they could pass on to others.
One quote from an old gentleman .... "Send flowers to the living. The dead never see them"
Amen to that one.