Funeral Flowers - What Type Should You
By Lee A. Smith
Funerals are very mournful occasions, and they symbolise
the care the survivors have for the life bygone. A lot
of planning is required to organise a funeral service
for our departed loved ones. One of the many tasks
involves arranging funeral flowers for the wake or
memorial service. Due to the sensitive nature of the
occasion, utmost care needs to be taken to choose the
Funeral flowers tend to reflect the personality of the
deceased. Sometimes they are symbolic of the
relationship that existed between the survivor who is
arranging the funeral service and the deceased. Through
the flowers they choose, survivors can also show their
love and respect for the dead person.
What type of flower should be chosen?
• Gerbera Daisy
While roses and carnations are considered classic and
traditional, a more contemporary funeral flower
arrangement combines two or more types of flowers to
create a unique and beautiful style.
What is the right colour to choose?
• Flowers can have a great effect on the moods of
people. The mere presence of flowers can lift the
spirits of a gloomy person. The colour of funeral
flowers varies with individual preferences. It ranges
from darker shades like purple to brighter ones like
yellow. More often than not, we see funeral flowers in
soft, pastel, and muted hues, rather than in loud and
• The colour of funeral flowers also depends on the
venue of the funeral service. In a funeral home with
collared halls, a large white wreath might look quite
breathtaking. But this may not be the case if it is
placed in a white church or a funeral home. Adding a
dash of colour might provide some respite from the
already gloomy surroundings.
What is the appropriate flower arrangement to choose?
• Funeral flower arrangements can be both formal and
informal. Formal floral arrangements include wreaths and
crosses. While flower covered crosses are appropriate
for Christian funeral services, wreaths can be used in
almost all kinds of funerals.
• Informal flower arrangements for funeral services can
include baskets, cut flowers, potted plants, posies,
pedestal arrangements, bouquets, planters, headstone
flowers, casket lid floral arrangements, sprays, and
even a bunch of floral sticks tied with a ribbon.
Many a times, sprays are placed over the deceased's
casket. Crosses, bouquets, and wreaths are generally
used as displays. These are arranged around the room or
hall in which the funeral service takes place. Flowers
have the ability to make the ambience soothing and
lighten the mood of the mourners.
Custom-made funeral flower arrangements have also become
increasingly popular in recent times. There are florists
who specialise in creating arrangements that reflect the
personality of the deceased. Different patterns,
designs, and styles can be mixed to create a unique
flower arrangement which will be a real tribute to the
deceased. Funeral flowers are perhaps the most elegant
and simple way to pay our respects to the departed soul.
Funerals are a painful time and we offer free advice to
help you through the pain: