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.

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Comfort Foods For Those Who Are Grieving

Food is the last thing on someone's mind when they're grieving. It is fairly common to skip meals or eat smaller portions in times of extreme sadness. That can take a toll on the grieving individua...

How to Talk to Your Loved Ones about your Final Wishes

Discussing death with someone, especially a person you love can get very uncomfortable. However, if you feel that it’s the right time to talk about your last wishes with your family members, you ne...

Modern Ways To Memorialize A Loved One

Mourning the loss of your friends or family is a delicate situation to be in. Although expressing your sorrow and paying your respects is important, many people find it essential to celebrate the p...

Coping With the Death of a Sibling

Siblings are very close to us and so their loss can be a painful ordeal. Coping with the death of people who are so close to you can often be stressful. We at Charles J. O’ shea Funeral Home unders...

Who Can Serve As Pallbearers?

At a funeral service, pallbearers are the people that carry or escort the casket. Sometimes they can be between 6 and 8 pallbearers, and the number would depend on how many handles are on the caske...

Meaningful Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Recently Lost Someone

Your companionship, support, and presence are some of the best gifts to provide a grieving friend. If someone very close to you has lost a loved one, you can help them by being there for them suppo...

Why Losing a Pet Can be So Difficult

Many pet owners believe that losing a pet is sometimes harder than losing a friend or loved one. They don't admit it out loud because others are likely to dismiss such feelings, but owners feel the...

What Can a Funeral Director Assist Me With?

Funeral directors play a vital role and offer a great deal of support to grieving families. They have the experience, skill, and compassion needed to handle sensitive events like funerals with resp...

What to Expect After the Funeral?

The funeral service is a way for everyone to come together and bid their final farewell to a loved one. Most services are performed according to religious tradition while some are customized accord...

Cremation vs. Burial Costs

Choosing between cremation and burial is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Many families weigh the pros and cons of both options carefully before they pick one. At Charles J. O’Shea...