Traditional funeral flowers
The giving and receiving of flowers is a tradition for many moments in life. My Sympathy and Funeral Flower Guide will give you some ideas as to the best flowers to choose next time you need to convey sympathy and support.
On the sad occasion of a funeral, flowers can help us convey our thoughts to remaining family members and remember the person who has passed away. While the immediate family usually arrange flowers for the coffin, other displays are often welcomed either for the home or at the funeral service.
I can help you decide on an sympathy arrangement that will fulfill all your requirements.
Whether you choose a traditional arrangement or flowers that were personal to you and the deceased, it is important that your funeral flowers are respectful. Please contact me if you need guidance in selecting a sympathy floral tribute or would like to place an order.
A number of flowers are commonly found at funerals and in sympathy arrangements. These flowers are usually a safe choice if you are unsure of the funeral flower etiquette for a particular situation or you do not know the family well.
Lilies: White Lilies signify purity and are one of the most common funeral flowers. If you would like to choose a different variety consider Stargazer Lilies which signify sympathy for others or Oriental Lilies which are a symbol of eternal life.
Roses: Red roses signify deep feelings while yellow roses are often chosen for friendships, and dark pink roses express gratitude. White roses are another common funeral flower and, like lilies, signify purity and innocence. They are often used for children’s funerals.
Orchids: Orchids mean eternal love and a potted orchid can be a good choice as it will continue to bloom beyond the initial funeral period, providing a lasting memorial.
Irises: These flowers symbolize faith and respect as well as friendship
Carnations: A simple flower, carnations represent gratitude and remembrance and are also thought of a sign of a mother’s love.
The meaning of funeral flower colours
If you wish to choose a different flower or are looking to express a certain feeling, then you might like to choose a particular colour flower to add to your sympathy flowers. Some common meanings include:
- Blue: peacefulness and serenity
- Lavender: elegance and grace
- Pink: admiration, youth and innocence
- Purple: dignity, wisdom and respect
- Orange: passion and great affection
- Red: profound love and strength
- Yellow: closeness and friendship
- White: innocence and purity
A guide to choosing sympathy flower arrangements
Casket sprays (either single- or double-ended) and Standing sprays for the church or service venue are usually organised by the immediate family. Sometimes personal items may be added to represent the deceased's hobbies or interests. ( prices from $200.00)
The following arrangements are good options if you are a family friend or associate. I can help you convey your respects without overshadowing the family’s choices.
A traditional wreath:
A circular wreath symbolizing eternal life is a traditional funeral flower option. ( prices from $110.00)
Wreaths in other shapes such as crosses, hearts or a name letter are also becoming more widely used. ( prices from $150.00 )
Floral arrangements and sympathy flower sheaf:
Flowers arranged in a vase or in floral foam , these floral displays are a simple way to show your respect without taking up too much space. Arrangements in foam are also easy for the recipients to care for at what is a difficult time as they require little maintenance to stay fresh. ( prices from $ 85.00)
A sympathy flower sheaf is a flat backed flower bouquet which is suitable for the service or can be send to the home. ( prices from $ 135.00)
Potted plants are a great alternative to more traditional floral arrangements and offer a more lasting gift which can be kept in memory of the deceased for years to come. ( Phalaenopsis orchid priced from $75.00)
Please Note: Blooms and foliage may vary as all funeral floral designs are custom-made. Photographs shown are examples of the various sympathy flower arrangements available.