Flowers for Funerals

Funeral flowers are usually large arrangements that are displayed at funerals and cemetery services. These formal arrangements are meant to pay tribute and respect to the person who has passed away.

Most Commonly Chosen Flowers

Funeral arrangements usually come in the form of funeral sprays (large, flat bouquets), arrangements customized in the shape of a heart, letter, live plants with symbolic meaning, and garlands that represent eternal life.

Most of the flowers used in these arrangements have meaning behind them, so it can be challenging when you have to choose the right flowers for a funeral. Here are the most commonly used flowers and their meanings:

  • Lily: Lilies symbolize a person’s soul returning to the state of peace and innocence.
  • Calla lily: Represents harmony and rebirth.
  • Roses: This universal flower is appropriate for every occasion. When it comes to funerals, white roses represent spirituality and purity, and deep red roses represent deep sadness and pain.
  • Orchids: Flower that symbolizes eternal love.
  • Carnations: White carnations represent purity, and pink or red ones represent pure love.

Things to keep in mind when choosing flowers for a funeral

Funerals, like every social gathering, have a certain etiquette that needs to be followed. When choosing flowers for a funeral, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Relation to the deceased: The closer you were to the deceased, the more elaborate the flower arrangement should be. Closest family and/or friends are usually the ones buying sprays, garlands and biggest arrangements. Coworkers or casual friends usually send smaller bouquets, vases, baskets or live plants.
  • Personal preferences: As weird as it may sound, maybe you would like to consider buying flowers that the deceased person loved instead of choosing more traditional options. Close family and friends might decide to do this as a tribute to their loved one who has passed away.
  • Special requests: Sometimes, the family can request that attendants make a monetary donation instead of buying flowers. If you are not sure, check with the funeral organizer and try to respect the family’s wishes. Also, keep in mind to check whether it is a funeral or a memorial. Sometimes, the family needs to take the flowers home, and sometimes they are left at the cemetery, so make sure to arrange your gift accordingly.
  • Religious and traditional beliefs: It is not uncommon that different religions or traditions have specific requests when it comes to funeral flowers. Some may require the removal of all the religious symbols from the arrangements, some may require flowers of a specific color and so on. If you are not sure, you can always contact the organizer and find out if there is anything you need to consider prior to sending the flowers.