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As we know, the month of November is dedicated to the departed. It begins with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and continues throughout the month. It is traditional to pray for souls in Purgatory and visit the graves of loved ones.

Job 14:2 tells us “Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.”

In the Holy Bible, flowers are used to represent beauty, love, graces and death. In November, we use roses, lilies, carnations and orchids in our floral arrangements. The flower most associated with All Saints’ Day is the chrysanthemum (mums).  On All Saints’ Day, it is customary to leave chrysanthemums on or close to the graves.

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