Grieving daughter, unable to afford flowers for her father’s funeral, begins hiring flowers

Samantha Quereshi was so shocked by the price of flowers for her father’s funeral that she decided to set up Forget Me Nots for those looking to rent flower arrangements

Sam Quereshi started a business after her father died
Sam Quereshi started a business after her father died

A grieving daughter who couldn’t afford flowers for her father’s funeral has started a business renting them out to those on a budget to say goodbye to their own loved ones.

Samantha Quereshi, 25, was devastated when her beloved father Shaun, 52, died suddenly in August 2021 after contracting sepsis.

As his only child, the responsibility for the funeral fell to the 25-year-old, who was shocked at the price of her father’s farewell floral arrangements and couldn’t afford to give him the farewell she wanted.

Determined not to let other mourners have the same experience, Sam has now started a shop where you can rent artificial flowers for funerals at a far cheaper price.

Samantha’s father Shaun, 52, died after contracting sepsis


Samantha Quereshi / SWNS)

‘Forget Me Nots’ founder Sam, who lives in Meir, Staffordshire with her three children and boyfriend Samuel O’Neill, said: “I just wanted to help other people not feel like me.

“We had a really good response. It was really heartwarming and amazing for me because it helped me deal with what I was going through by helping others not to have to go through it too.

“The response has been overwhelming as people have seen how helpful this can be for families.”

For her father’s funeral last year, Sam originally wanted to arrange flowers with the words ‘Grandad’ and ‘Dad’ in the colors of Liverpool Football Club – her father’s favorite club – but was heartbroken to find she couldn’t afford them .

According to Sam, many funeral homes offer payment plans to help mourners pay for the day over several months, but most florists require upfront payments.

At £240 for ‘Grandpa’ and £90 for ‘Dad’, Sam was left with no choice but to opt for roses from a supermarket instead and felt like she had ‘abandoned’ her dad.

She said: “He was my everything, my whole world, my entire support network. He was my only family, really, I don’t have any other close family, so he was so important to me.

“When he died, I found it really difficult. All the responsibility was mine and I just couldn’t afford it.

“When I was at the funeral home planning the funeral and asked them for flowers, I wanted so many things and they kindly had to remind me of the prices.

Shaun with one of Sam’s children


Samantha Quereshi / SWNS)

Now Sam rents flower decorations


Samantha Quereshi / SWNS)

“That was it for me, I felt like I let him down. I know if my dad was there he would tell me not to worry but with how much he’s done for me all my life I just wanted to give him the last goodbye he deserved.

“Not being able to do that broke my heart. I think you feel pressured too – friends and work colleagues come to the funeral and it was up to me to do it and I wasn’t able to provide my father with that beautiful funeral that I wanted.

“I felt like I had let him down, it was very difficult to process.”

Six months after her father’s death, Sam launched her Forget Me Nots business from her living room in February 2022, arranging fine silks designed to look like flowers as floral tributes for funerals.

Customers can request what words and colors they would like for the tribute, and Sam’s friend Samuel, 30, will deliver it to their funeral home of choice the day before the funeral.

Sam was shocked at how expensive the arrangements are


Samantha Quereshi / SWNS)

The tributes can be kept throughout the day, used in hearses, funerals and wakes before being returned to the undertakers where freelance plasterer Samuel collects them for Sam to reuse in future arrangements.

Sam said: “I shocked myself to be honest, I’ve never put my hand on a flower in my life. I watched a few tutorials on YouTube and they ended up looking just as good as the real thing.

“I later received comments from customers thanking me and saying they looked as good as real, no one could tell they were fake.

“We use all artificial flowers so we can use the flowers over and over again, taking them from one tribute and putting them in another – nothing is lost.

“There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of money to give people a good send-off and often we lose people unexpectedly and people who are living paycheck to paycheck cannot afford it.

“I just wanted to help other people not feel like me, and it’s amazing that it could help.”

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