What Flowers are Most Appropriate for a Funeral?

If someone you know has recently lost a loved one, you might be wondering how best to be there for them during their time of grief. While expressing condolences through words can be a challenge, the simple act of sending flowers can mean so much. But knowing what kind of arrangement or plant to send can also be difficult, as there are so many to choose from. That’s why we’ve created this straightforward guide for what flowers are most appropriate for a funeral.

Flowers for a Funeral

Traditionally, different flowers have different meanings and connotations. Here are some of the most appropriate flowers to send for a funeral.

  • Gladioli are long-stemmed and beautiful in their simplicity. They represent moral integrity and sincerity.
  • Carnations are simple and recognizable flowers with several meanings. A white carnation stands for pure love and innocence, while red symbolizes admiration. Pink is a beautiful choice for a gift to the family, as it stands for remembrance.
  • Lilies are one of the most popular funeral flowers; they symbolize the soul of the departed being at peace.
  • Roses, like carnations, have different meanings depending on their color. Red roses mean respect, love, and bravery, while pink represents grace and kindness. Yellow roses stand for friendship, and white roses mean innocence and youthfulness. Make sure to choose your roses carefully, depending on the situation.
  • Orchids are a classic funeral flower, with white and pink varieties being the most popular. They symbolize eternal love and are often used to express condolences for the loss of a spouse.

Flower Arrangements

Another thing to think about when it comes to funeral flowers is which type of arrangement to get. There are a few options that make appropriate choices for bringing to the funeral or sending to the mourners’ home:

  • Standing Sprays. This type of funeral floral arrangement is usually displayed on an easel at the front of the funeral home room or wherever the viewing takes place.
  • Shaped Arrangements. Shaped arrangements tend to be placed on an easel for display like a standing spray. Circles, hearts, and crosses are some of the most typical shapes used at a funeral. These arrangements are also appropriate to place at the gravesite.
  • Baskets. Floral baskets are easy to display at home without needing a vase. They come in different sizes and make an appropriate choice for a viewing, a graveside service, or a message of condolences for the family.

Know the Culture of Mourning

It is typical in the United States to send flowers for a funeral, but it’s always a good idea to make sure that it is appropriate in the mourner’s culture. For example, it is generally inappropriate to send flowers to a Jewish or Islamic funeral. It’s also important to know what colors or types of flowers are culturally inappropriate so you don’t send the wrong message. Instead of calling the mourners to inquire, contact the funeral home or site of the religious service for advice.

Contact Hamel-Lydon Chapel

Flowers can be a thoughtful addition to a funeral that shows your sympathy and respect. They add beauty and personal meaning for attendees and help those supporting the mourners express their sympathy. For professional funeral services in the Boston area, contact Hamel Lydon Chapel.

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