In many cultures, flowers are used to express sympathy and respect following a death . If you’ve been invited to a funeral service and you’re wondering what type of flower arrangement to bring to the funeral home, then continue reading to discover the meanings of different flowers.
Lilies have long since been the flowers most often associated with funeral ceremonies. The lily can represent many things, such as the innocence that has been returned to the departed. More specifically, white stargazer lilies can be used to express sympathy, peace lilies symbolize rebirth and innocence, and calla lilies represent purity, majesty, and faith.
Offering orchids is a universal expression of love. In terms of conveying sympathy with orchids, it’s important to select a funeral-appropriate color. White and pink orchids are the traditional options for funeral flowers.
Gladiolas are flowers that bloom in groups on a tall stem. For funerals, these flowers are commonly used in fan sprays and represent moral integrity and strength of character. Gladiolas are available in a wide range of funeral-appropriate colors, such as yellow, white, pink, green, purple, red, and orange.
Roses are another common funeral flower, but it’s important to note that various colors have their own meanings. Deep red roses, in a funeral setting, represent grief and love, while white roses represent innocence, purity, and spirituality. Dark pink roses are commonly used to express gratitude towards the departed and yellow to show friendship.
Chrysanthemums, or mums, are a common addition to funeral flower arrangements. In fact, in some countries, mums are specifically symbolic of death and are reserved for use at funerals or gravesites. In the United States, except for New Orleans, mums are a positive symbol of truth. In Korea, Japan, and China, white chrysanthemums represent grief and lamentation.
If you’re planning to attend a funeral service in Tucson and you’re looking for the perfect gift to bring, then please visit the Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery website to see the selection of beautiful flower arrangements that we offer through our online store. Please call (520) 888-7470 to find out more.