Choosing the right flowers for a funeral

By: Louis Bruno
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flowers are a perfect way to personalize and decorate a funeral service. They have universal meanings behind them and each type and colour signifies a different sentiment or emotion. Having the right arrangements is an important touch to many. Furthermore, flowers are a relatively cheap way to add your own unique touch to any service. Depending on your culture or beliefs, the meanings of different flowers can change, but everyone can agree that they are a wonderful way to pay proper respects to your loved ones.


Types of Arrangements

Most arrangements for funeral services are designed as wreaths. These are symbolic of the circle of life and are an apt addition to any funeral. They also make a simple, yet elegant, display and are easy to show off. Whatever arrangement you choose will be right for you, but if you're in doubt or having trouble making a decision, the wreath is a solid and traditional choice that will please everyone.


Traditional Flowers

Different flowers have different traditional meaning when it comes to funeral services. With that in mind, we will cover a few highlights and explain their individual meanings.


Roses - We all know and love roses. They are the universal symbol of loves, while their deeper meaning comes from their individual colours. Red and white are most commonly seen at funerals and are an excellent choice.

Gladioli - These old world flowers represent a number of different things. They can be a symbol of faithfulness, sincerity, and integrity. They also speak to strength of character and perseverence.

Carnations - All carnations are a symbol of love and adoration. White is also a sign of good luck, while light red carnations also represent deep affection.

Lilies - These beautiful and aromatic flowers are a sign of rebirth and, most importantly, the restoral of innocence after death.

Chrysanthemums - When it comes to flowers, these are the happiest to display based on their meaning. They are a sign of joy and optimism. They also represent a fulfilling and positive life, which makes them perfect for funerals.


Flower Colours

Furthermore, colours are an important aspect of funeral services. When choosing your flowers, there are a few things to keep in mind with regard to your colour combinations. The right combination can add a lot to your display.


Pastel - Pastels invoke feelings of purity and innocence. They are light, yet sombre, and make a wonderful addition.

Bright - Bright colours represent happiness and help to put the room at ease. They are pleasant flowers and help promote a happier mood.

Dark - Dark colours are uniquely suited for mourning. They are a reminder of the solemness of the occassion and help keep the service grounded.

White - White, as always, is a symbol of rebirth and hope. White will always help remember the positive life and contributions of your loved ones.

Red - Red is the universal colour of lover and respect. Red flowers are a staple at funerals and showcase the continuing love and adoration felt toward your loved ones that have passed away.


Finally, don't forget that flowers are a perfect way to pay your respects if you are, for any reason, unable to attend a service. A properly arranged bouquet tells the family of the deceased that they have your respect and will be in your thoughts. If you have any questions or require any further assistance, please do not hesistate to reach out to Charles J. O'shea.


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