For many years, guests and family members have used flowers as a way of expressing their condolences at funerals. Most commonly used on top of the coffin, beautiful wreaths and arrangements can also be sent as a gift. It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to funeral flowers, which is why we’ve created this blog post. Below, we take you through the different types of flower arrangements and what each flower represents.
What Are the Different Types of Flower Arrangements?
Floral arrangements can come in a wide range of different styles, with the most popular being sheaves, sprays and wreaths. Sheaves and sprays are a large bouquet which is laid flat onto the coffin. A wide range of colours, sizes and shapes are available to suit all kinds of budgets.
The biggest, and most distinctive flower arrangement is the floral tribute, which is used as a centrepiece at the funeral or in the window of the hearse. They’re usually chosen by members of the immediate family, as they’re personal to the deceased – sometimes spelling out their name or relationship to others, such as ‘mum’ or ‘dad’.
It’s always the aim to create a flower arrangement that captures the essence of the loved one, so if they had a favourite flower or if there’s a flower that reminds you of them, it’s best to start from there. While you can choose any flowers that you’d like, here are some common flowers used at funerals:
Lilies, especially white stargazer lilies, are a very popular choice due to representing purity, innocence and rebirth. They also give off a distinctive smell, which often reminds people of special occasions such as Easter and Mothers day.
Depending on which colour you use, roses can express multiple sentiments. For example, red roses are the classic symbol of love, yellow represents friendship and white roses denote purity and innocence. Roses also work well alongside other flowers, in addition to leaves, berries and sprigs for those wanting a larger floral arrangement.
Daffodils often appear on the coffin at funerals because of their association with rebirth and new beginnings. These blooms indicate the end of a long winter of grief and pain and the beginning of joy, peace and understanding. While daffodil breeds can vary, many of these yellow flowers feature six petals, which many view as a harmonic number.
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