Funerals, like many other areas of modern life, rely on tradition and symbolism, whether we realize it or not. The way we say farewell and pay tribute to our loved ones holds a special place in our hearts, and none more so than the use of flowers.
At least one floral arrangement is present at almost every western funeral. Many individuals are unsure about what to choose because of the connotations linked with the type of arrangement and the variety of options available; they are afraid of offending the bereaved family.
In light of this, we’ve put up a guide on funeral flowers and arrangements.
What kind of flower should I pick?
Flowers have always been associated with various emotions, and while getting it wrong is probably not a big problem nowadays, there are reasons why particular blooms remain popular.
White lilies: possibly the most well-known funeral flower, white lilies are thought to symbolize purity and the restoration of innocence after death. Orange lilies, on the other hand, are a symbol of passion, so avoid them.
Chrysanthemums are almost exclusively associated with funerals, and in certain countries, they are the only flower used. Their symbology, however, differs. They are connected with honesty, honor, and respect in the United States, whereas they are associated with rebirth in Asia.
Roses: timeless and exquisite, roses are associated with a variety of meanings depending on their color. Yellow conjures up images of remembering and companionship; white conjures up images of purity, innocence, and silence; dark crimson conjures up images of unconscious beauty, and red, of course, conjures up images of love. A single rose, regardless of color, represents eternal devotion.
Gladioli, carnations, and hydrangeas are some of the other flowers that are regularly utilized. Spring blooms like daffodils and tulips are also offered, although they’re normally for the benefit of the bereaved because they represent renewal and a new beginning.
That’s not to suggest you couldn’t send your loved one a large bouquet of sunflowers or something else.
Various types of arrangements
There are various varieties of ‘traditional’ funeral arrangements to choose from, though the wreath is arguably the most popular. While the circular pattern (which represents perpetual life) dates back to the Ancient Greeks, you will be able to customize the flowers and greenery utilized.
Casket sprays are normally the domain of the immediate family, so it’s nice to inquire before ordering one. A basic funeral spray (not for the casket) is a common option that can be customized to your needs.
Hearts cross, and words are also popular options because their meanings are self-evident. A name or a title might be added to the word tributes. Again, these are normally organized by close relatives, so double-check before ordering your own. It’s also possible to commission a one-of-a-kind tribute, such as a football or a teddy bear with a unique meaning.
Baskets and standing arrangements are other choices, as they can be displayed at the church or crematorium, at the memorial, or in the house of the bereaved family.
It doesn’t need to be formal. A simply knotted sheaf or an unstructured posy of wildflowers is both entirely appropriate arrangements for a more subtle memorial. Sarina’s Florist, if you’re looking for Redfern flower delivery, delivers fresh flowers the same day to Redfern and the surrounding areas.
What are your options?
Some families avoid sending bouquets because they do not want to or because it is not customary. For example, sending/accepting food baskets during the ‘Shiva’ mourning time is more suitable in the Jewish community.
Others could simply request a gift from a hospice or charity. To minimize confusion, the wishes should be made fairly clear to everyone in this case.
Some people prefer to purchase a vase, sculpture, or ornament, while others prefer to just share images with the deceased’s loved ones.
Sending condolence flowers
Whether or not they attend the funeral, many people want to send floral arrangements to the bereaved family. Funeral flowers are delivered to the funeral home, while sympathy flowers are delivered to the deceased’s relatives.
Doesn’t fret if you just learned of the tragedy; it’s quite OK to send sympathy flowers ‘late’; they’ll always be appreciated.
As you can see, you have a lot of options when it comes to paying homage to a loved one, whether it’s floral or not. Whatever you choose, the sentiment is what matters in the end.