Unsure about what flowers to send to a funeral? If so, you’re not alone.

There are so many choices, particularly these days as there are far more varieties on offer and flowers that were once only seasonally available are now on hand all year round.

Before you tell the florist to “put something nice together”, take a moment to consider what your flowers are actually saying. The flowers you send should tell the story of the relationship you had with the person who has died. Were they the love of your life? A family member? A close friend?

Here are some tips to help you choose the right flowers.

 

Lilies

Ever heard someone say “this place smells like a funeral home”? Chances are there are oriental lilies nearby. The lily is one of the most commonly-used flowers for funerals. They are the ‘go to’ flower and that’s because the meaning behind this aromatic bloom is significant. Lilies symbolise the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed.Ever heard someone say “this place smells like a funeral home”? Chances are there are oriental lilies nearby. The lily is one of the most commonly-used flowers for funerals. They are the ‘go to’ flower and that’s because the meaning behind this aromatic bloom is significant. Lilies symbolise the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed.

  • White lilies – Purity
  • Stargazer lilies – Sympathy
  • Oriental lilies – Eternal life

 

Roses

Like lilies, roses are a very common funeral flower, especially for casket sprays. When you include a single rose in a bouquet, it expresses enduring love for the deceased.Like lilies, roses are a very common funeral flower, especially for casket sprays. When you include a single rose in a bouquet, it expresses enduring love for the deceased.

  • White roses – Reverence, humility, innocence and youthfulness
  • Red roses – Respect, love and courage
  • Pink roses – Love, grace, appreciation and gentility
  • Dark crimson roses – Grief and sorrow
  • Yellow roses – Friendship and strong ties

 

Carnations

Long lasting and fragrant, carnations are a popular choice for sympathy arrangements. Long lasting and fragrant, carnations are a popular choice for sympathy arrangements.

  • Pink carnations – Gratitude, remembrance and a mother’s enduring love
  • Red carnations – Yearning and true love
  • White carnations – Purity, faithfulness and innocence

 

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums – or ‘mums’ – can be tricky. Unlike other flowers, the meaning of their colours varies globally. But they are still a safe bet overall because they are seen to express grief, sadness, sincerity and loyalty.

 

Orchids

Orchids are the Whitney Houston of funeral flowers. No matter what the colour, they say “I will always love you”. Orchids are often sent in times of grief not only because they are beautiful, but also because it is a lasting gift that will continue to bloom long after other bouquets have wilted.

 

Tulips

Tulips are generally taken to symbolise perfect love, elegance and grace. But, like many flowers, different colours also carry their own significance.Tulips are generally taken to symbolise perfect love, elegance and grace. But, like many flowers, different colours also carry their own significance.

  • Yellow tulips – Cheerfulness
  • White tulips – Forgiveness
  • Purple tulips – Royalty
  • Red tulips – Perfect love

 

Want to know more

Young’s Florist is a specialist in floral tributes and funeral flowers. Located onsite at Walter Carter Funerals, they have many years of experience helping families create unique and personal floral tributes that reflect the life and style of a loved one. You can email them at info@youngsflorist.com.au.

Or talk to the team at Walter Carter Funerals about the range of floral tribute choices available by emailing community@waltercarter.com.au.