A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post that included the unexpected death of a local man by drowning in the loch just a few minutes from where I live. As I walked past the still, calm water again today, I saw these flowers.
I’d love to hear some other perspectives on this, because I don’t follow the thinking behind placing cut flowers that are themselves dying in a spot where someone has died. It happened by the thousands when Princess Diana died, and I couldn’t understand it then either.
Of course people need some way to mark the occasion, and to express their grief. That is essential. But I’ve never been sure why it appears to be the thing to do these days to use dying flowers in cellophane wrapping (that’s going to prevent them decomposing into the ground) – surely if anything it emphasizes the fact that the person is dead?
I’d rather be acknowledging the death in a way that more fully serves life itself – at the very least letting the flowers die naturally into the ground, as all life eventually does.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? What do you do, or what would you do?
Just post in the comments section of the blog.