21st March

5 Common Funeral Flowers and Their Hidden Meanings

Flowers and funerals seem to go hand in hand. Gorgeous arrays of blossoms and blooms not only provide a colourful source of comfort to grieving family members, but they also convey messages of love, respect and sympathy to everyone in attendance.

Naturally, you may want to bring a beautiful bouquet of flowers to place at the gravesite, or you might wish to create a standing flower arrangement that serves as a temporary memorial for your loved one. But before you ask the florist to pick something nice, make sure your flowers will send the right message.

Though the following flowers often frequent funerals, take a look at what they commonly symbolise to determine which flowers you should send.

1. Lilies

Lilies are the go-to flower for funerals, as they have strong ties to views about the afterlife and the soul. Around the world, lilies signify purity and the radiance. When you bring lilies to a funeral, you suggest that the deceased's soul has been restored to a state of innocence.

White stargazer lilies, in particular, symbolise ambition and sympathy. Oriental lilies represent eternal life, and peace lilies suggest rebirth. If you want to show your appreciation for the deceased's life, consider Casablanca lilies, which stand for celebration and congratulations. 

2. Roses

With their rich, vibrant colour and their soft, velvety petals, roses work well for just about any formal occasion. At a funeral, however, roses express multiple sentiments depending on the colours you choose:

  • Pink: admiration and appreciation
  • Dark pink: gratitude
  • Red: deep, passionate love
  • White: purity
  • Yellow: friendship

You can also mix and match roses to change the message. For example, red and white roses can symbolise unity; red and yellow can indicate joy.

3. Orchids

Orchids have an exotic scent and a delicate beauty, making them highly sought after for events that require a gentle touch. Orchids, like roses, come in a variety of colours, and they can convey multiple silent meanings to the recipient.

For many, the orchid represents:

  • Beauty
  • Charm
  • Grace
  • Love
  • Luxury
  • Refinement
  • Thoughtfulness

As a universal symbol, however, orchids usually indicate enduring, everlasting love because they do not wilt as quickly as other flowers.  

4. Irises

The iris has symbolism that dates to ancient Greece. The goddess Iris acted as a link between earth and heaven. In the mythology, when you plant irises on a grave, the flower summons the goddess to guide the souls on their journey to heaven.

In today's world, the iris has acquired a multitude of rich meanings. Irises at a funeral can signify faith, wisdom, valour and hope. Additionally, their blade-shaped foliage can also symbolise piercing the heart, indicating your deep sorrow and grief.

5. Daffodils

These flowers often grace the caskets at funerals because of their association with rebirth and new beginnings. These blooms indicate the end of a long winter of grief and pain and the beginning of joy, peace and understanding.

Although daffodil breeds can vary, many of these yellow flowers feature six petals, which many view as a harmonic number. When you give daffodils, you communicate feelings forgiveness, a desire to set things right and inner reflection.

Let Your Flower Arrangement Speak for You

Keep in mind that you don't have to stick to the above five flowers when you want to buy an arrangement. Chrysanthemums, daisies, carnations, hyacinth and many more flower species could all send the right message.

Simply do a little research on flower symbolism to craft the perfect final note to the deceased and the surviving family members. If you need a little

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