When someone you love passes away, it's traditional to give a floral tribute at the funeral. Your local florist will be able to provide you with guidance on what style of arrangement you might prefer. In the meantime, here's an overview of the types of flowers that are associated with death and remembrance to give you an idea of what you might like to choose to compose the tribute.
White lilies have long been associated with funerals and are probably the most popular choice of floral tribute, symbolising purity and piety. Peace lily plants are associated with harmony and innocence after death, being a popular choice for a child's funeral.
Carnations come in a wide range of colours from white and pale pink through to brilliant yellow and deepest red. These flowers are associated with remembrance and are a popular choice for funeral arrangements because of their long-lasting qualities.
Orchids are linked to mourning and also to eternal love, making them a good choice for funerals. Orchids are also often given as gifts to express sympathy and could be incorporated into a funeral as a tribute to the deceased and as a gift for their family that will last long after the service itself.
Roses are a wonderful choice for a funeral flower. They come in many different colours, each with its own special meaning, and many varieties are beautifully scented. The darkest crimson blooms are said to represent deep sorrow, whilst sunshine yellow symbolises strong emotional ties.
Daffodils, tulips and hyacinths
If the funeral is to be held in the springtime, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can make lovely seasonal floral tributes. All spring flowers are symbolic of a fresh start and a new beginning, which can be viewed as highly appropriate when saying goodbye to a departed loved one.
If you prefer something more colourful, perhaps to reflect the deceased's personality, gladioli can be a good choice. Traditionally associated with moral integrity and strength of character, these spectacular flowers can be displayed alone or integrated into an elaborate display piece.
Although all these flowers are synonymous with funerals and with grief, you don't have to use these alone. If your loved one had a particular favourite, it may be more appropriate to incorporate this into your tributes. Your local florist will be able to talk you through what's in season, as well as share ideas as to the form the tribute is to take.Share
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