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Funeral flower arrangements are a beautiful way to farewell a loved one. However, selecting the right floral tribute to honour your loved during their funeral service can be difficult. So let us help.
Before you tell the florist (or funeral director) to “put something nice together,” take a minute to learn what your flowers might actually be saying.
When choosing flowers, the arrangement you pick should tell the same story as the relationship you had with the person. Was the deceased the love of your life? A close or distant family member? A dear friend? Here’s some tips to help you make the right floral decision.
What are the different types of funeral flower arrangements?
Funeral wreath: a floral presentation in circular shape symbolizes eternal life.
Floral spray: a ‘spray’ means flowers designed for viewing from one side only. Sprays can be placed on an easel.
Floral arrangement: this is a mix of fresh flowers displayed in a vase, basket or other container.
Casket sprays: this is a floral spray designed for the top of the casket and is usually ordered by the family.
What does each Flower mean?
Choosing the right flowers for an occasion comes down to personal preference however different flowers have historically had certain meanings associated with them:
Lilies – The most popular funeral flowers, the sweet aroma of lilies has long been associated with the virginal purity of the soul returning to innocence, back to where we all started. The white stargazer lily is the most popular of all, a variation that represents sympathy and empathy.
Roses – They most symbolise love, unsurprisingly. The meaning can vary depending on the colours you choose.
Red roses (particularly a single one) mean everlasting and enduring love, while deep red or crimson roses hint at a love rooted in deep grief. Pink roses represent elegance, gentility and a certain grace. White roses symbolise eternal youth and innocence, as well as having a deep spiritual meaning.
Carnations – The word itself represents the ‘incarnation’ of a higher being, and these long-lasting flowers symbolise remembrance, affection and devotion. In Christianity, pink carnations are said to symbolise the tears of the Virgin Mary.
Orchids – Similar to carnations, these long-lasting flowers denote a love that has no end.
Chrysanthemums – These are hugely popular and have different meanings in different parts of the world. In Europe and the US, they represent a positive feeling, thanking the deceased for their long life of morality and honesty. In Asia they have a more mournful tone of wishing for a rebirth of the soul.
Yellow Tulips and Daffodils – These bright and vibrant flowers are the first blossoms of spring and can help emphasise positivity and fresh starts, and bring comfort and hope to the mourners who may be going through a particularly traumatic time.
Who will provide the Flowers?
The easiest way to arrange funeral flowers is through your funeral director. They will have a florist that they work with, and will be able to run you through a number of popular and appropriate options for funeral flowers that can be locally sourced. However, funeral directors may receive a commission from their florist, and you may pay a premium for funeral flowers arranged through your funeral director.
So it pays to shop around. If you have time, you can consider arranging the flowers yourself either at your local florist or by buying funeral flowers online. Florists will usually have a wide range of styles and colours for you to choose from for funeral flower arrangements. You can also purchase them via the internet. Buying funeral flowers online can often work out cheaper than buying from your local boutique as they deal in higher volumes and can sell at lower margins.