we lose the ones we love, words alone can not express our grief. Elysian
Fields understands the sanctity of these occasions.
Dale Schaffer, owner of Elysian Fields Specialty Florals, knows firsthand that personal service can make all the difference during difficult times:
my Father passed away, I was overwhelmed upon entering the funeral
home. I was so touched by the numerous floral tributes sent by friends
and colleagues. At the same time, I recall the arrangements being
standard in every way - with poor designs and poor quality flowers.
When he was living, my father was the proud owner of a family flower
shop. He understood that flowers should soften the atmosphere and
create a serene setting. Unfortunately, this legacy was not reflected
at his own passing. It saddened me to think that these arrangements
had just been thrown together or, even worse, had fallen apart in
delivery vans. I knelt at each arrangement and "fixed" the
designs so that our friends would not associate such poor craftsmanship
with my father's final farewell. It is with this memory that I began
often hear "I do not want the arrangement to look like a 'funeral'
arrangement" when clients are placing orders for sympathy flowers.
certain occasions, the family of the deceased will request a charitable
donation in lieu of flowers. This phrase is commonly used and often
misunderstood. "In lieu of flowers" offers another option
for expressing condolences, but it does not entirely exclude sending
a floral tribute to the viewing or memorial service. Elysian Fields
honors this request by creating a beautiful vase arrangement
4266 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-7706