Flowers, a visual and scented feast of colours, smells, shapes and textures, they provide symbolism, majesty and strength through a range of stages in our lives. From the flowers that we receive on our birthdays to the roses we are given by our first love and the bouquets adorning a wedding venue, flowers are ubiquitous with the circle of life. This is why, when a loved one passes away, flowers are a beautiful and delicate ornament for decorating funeral caskets or the venue of the service and wake.
But, what flowers should you choose? From lilies to roses, peonies and sprigs of lavender, there is a myriad of stunning blooms and blossoms that would suit both traditional and modern funerals. Read on to get some tips and ideas from our mini guide to choosing funeral flowers.
Different kinds of funeral flowers
As mentioned above, there are an abundance of flowers to choose from when deciding the perfect floral tribute, and we can understand that this, alongside other funerary choices, can seem overwhelming after the passing of a loved one. This is why we have collated the most popular kinds of funeral flowers below and their symbolic meanings.
- Lilies – represents restored innocence of the departed soul
- Yellow roses – represents friendship
- Red roses – conveys courage and love
- Pink roses – conveys love, grace and gentleness
- Pink carnations – represents remembrance
- Red carnations – represents admiration
- Gladioli – conveys strength of character and moral integrity
- Chrysanthemums – a typical expression and symbolism of death and truth
- Orchids – represents eternal love
- Tulips – associated with new beginnings
Flower displaying styles
It may come as a surprise that there are many different ways flowers can be presented for a funeral, from adorning the casket to personalised names and wreaths – this too can feel like a minefield to navigate. Below are the classic flower displays you can expect your local florist to provide.
- Standing sprays – these are displayed on an easel near the casket
- Wreaths – a larger floral display that is in a circular shape, these may stand next to the casket on an easel and can be moved to the site of the grave
- Baskets – a quaint display, floral baskets are often place on a table at the wake or alongside the coffin
- Special shaped tributes – these are flowers that can be arranged in the name of a loved one or in an image of something they loved like cars or sport equipment.
Here at Stockman and Loram, we can organise an idyllic floral tribute to suit the occasion. Whether you are throwing a grand celebration of your loved one’s life, or you are having a more intimate affair, then we can hand pick the perfect blooms and bouquets to suit your needs. To find out more about us as a leading funeral company, simply contact us today.