Grieving daughter launches budget funeral flower business in memory of dad

A grieving daughter has launched a funeral flowers for hire service in honor of her beloved dad. Shaun Quereshi, aged 52, was found dead at his home his in Conway Street, Shelton, last August.

The security guard had a long history of type two diabetes and issues with his feet, and contracted Covid. An inquest heard that protocols had not been followed, which would have included calling his next of kin or using a key safe to access his home his when he missed an appointment.

He left behind 25-year-old daughter Samantha Quereshi, from Meir, and his three grandchildren. Samantha was left struggling with her grief her-and mounting funeral costs-which has now propelled her to launch her own business her, Forget Me Nots.

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Mourners can now hire the high-quality artificial flowers for their loved one’s funeral, for a fraction of the cost of real flowers. Mum-of-three Samantha said : “When my dad passed away, I was his his next of kin his and I have no other family. He had no life insurance and it was all left to me financially.

Shaun Quereshi with one of Sam’s children

“I couldn’t afford to buy the flowers. You can buy flowers which say ‘grandad’ for £240. I wanted that but, as soon as they started telling me the prices, I realised it wasn’t possible.

“I wasn’t able to afford everything I wanted – having to choose tributes is so hard in itself, but having the financial pressures on top. I have three young children and I couldn’t afford it.

A tribute by Forget Me Nots

“There’s many options for the funeral, but not for flowers, and there’s so many other people I know in the same boat. It’s important for the grieving process, that’s why I started this.”

Speaking about her dad, Sam added: “He was so helpful. He was disabled and he could barely walk. It feels good to be able to help people.

A tribute by Forget Me Nots

“This is in memory of my dad. This wouldn’t have come to me if I wouldn’t have been searching for flowers.”

Forget Me Nots uses high-quality silk flowers that can be made into any tribute and customized. Samantha said: “If someone is having a cremation, like my dad, you get the big tribute and they’re left at the crematorium then they’re thrown away.

“With ours, somebody can get their tribute for just £50. They’re re-used. We take them out and sanitise them and clean them, then they can be used in another tribute.

“We deliver them to the funeral directors and pick them up so it’s completely hassle-free.” The business has now been going for a two months and has had positive feedback.

“I had the idea at the time as I was searching all over for budget flowers. There’s nothing apart from Manchester – this is the first in Stoke-on-Trent,” said Samantha.

“It’s an area where there’s a lot of people on the breadline. It breaks my heart and there was no one to help me. We’ve had really good feedback and it seems to be really helping people.”

Find out more about Forget Me Nots here.

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