Mississauga flower shop offering lower-cost arrangements to those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19
At a time when so many people are losing loved ones to COVID-19, no one wants to worry about struggling to obtain flowers to honour their friend or relative.
Fortunately for those who want to give a loved one a proper (albeit altered) send-off, a Mississauga-based flower shop is working to provide families touched by COVID-19 with lower-cost funeral arrangements.
A representative of M.A.K Flowers & Gifts, a shop located at 1906 Dundas St. E., recently took to social media to say the family-owned business is offering more affordable funeral flowers to anyone who has lost a family member to COVID-19 who might not be able to afford to pay for a funeral arrangement.
“Within the last couple of months, the requests for funeral arrangements have become more frequent. Our hearts go out to those who have been personally affected by the situation,” a shop representative said in a video posted to Instagram.
“If you have lost a family member or know somebody who has, please reach out us either through our website or by phone where will arrange to provide a sympathy arrangement as well as our no-contact delivery.”
The flowers can be purchased at cost, which means customers will pay the same amount as the flower shop spent on the arrangement, with no additional mark-ups or labour costs added to the price.
The offer gives eligible residents one less thing to worry about at a time when funeral services are being conducted quite differently. While the Ontario government has deemed businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services to be essential services, families are required to host very small gatherings and respect physical distancing measures.
COVID-19 safety measures put into place by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) and the government restrict funeral attendance to no more than 10 mourners. The BAO is also advising mourners not to hug or touch the body of any person who has died of the novel coronavirus.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our community. The truth is, we’re all in this together and that’s how we’re going to get through all this,” the representative says.
“At M.A.K, we have faith in our community and our front line workers. Without them, there’d be no hope. We’d like to say thank you to each and every one of you, and we look forward to brighter days.”
Anyone interested in the offer can contact the shop by phone or visit its website.
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