Funeral flowers and their meanings
Today, flowers are given at a funeral as an expression of sympathy, grief, love and respect to the deceased. This was not always the case. Many years ago, fragrant funeral flowers were placed on and around the casket to perfume the area and ward off any smell from the decaying body.
Here we look at the most common flowers given at a funeral and their meaning.
Roses have a universal meaning making them ideal as funeral flowers.
Red roses are perfect for expressing love and respect.
Pink roses are a sign of appreciation and grace.
Yellow roses are ideal for celebrating the life of a close friend.
The most traditional of funeral flowers is the lily. Lilies are symbolic of the soul of the departed and offer hope.
White is also a good colour to send for a faith-based or religious service.
Carnations are a popular choice for funeral flowers. They are fragrant and long-lasting.
White carnations represents purity and innocence.
Pink carnations send thoughts of remembrance.
Historically, sunflowers weren't a popular choice at funerals. That is changing now due to people starting to see funerals as a celebration of a person’s life rather than a time of mourning.
Sunflowers represent pure love and adoration.
Daffodils send a message of renewal. This flower brings encouragement and hope to those who are grieving.
Sending daffodils to the family members and close friends of the person who has passed away is similar to sending a card with words of inspiration and encouragement.