Types of Memorial and Funeral Floral
By Budda Oliver
When a loved one has been lost, it may feel like there
is not much one can do to comfort a grieving family.
Perhaps you yourself are experiencing intense emotions
and may feel a bit overwhelmed. Throughout history,
flowers have been used as a gesture of love and
compassion and to this day, the offering of sympathy
arrangements for the memorial services remain one of the
best ways to show your care for the deceased's family
When deciding what type of memorial floral arrangement
will be proper, it is first important to know what types
of arrangements are most commonly given.
o Casket Spray- At services where the casket will be
displayed, it is traditional to have a casket spray,
which is normally made of roses and is placed on top of
the open or closed casket.
o Floral Stand- As the name implies, these arrangements
are placed on a wire or wooden stand by the floral
arranger. These arrangements can be made from any type
of flowers and/or foliage, and are only viewable from
o Baskets- Baskets can contain either flowers, live
plants, or both, and are normally displayed on a
pedestal or table.
o Vase Arrangements- As with baskets, these arrangements
are very beautiful and are displayed normally on a table
or pedestal. Naturally, vase arrangements can contain
flowers, but not live plants.
o Wreaths- The sympathy wreath is symbolic of the
circular nature of life and the eternity of the soul.
These wreaths hang from a stand of some sort, and can be
created from any combination of flowers.
o Bleeding Heart- This display is similar to a sympathy
wreath, but rather than being in the shape of a ring,
the bleeding heart is a heart-shaped hanging display
arrangement. The bleeding heart is typically made from
red roses, or other similar red flowers, but can be
created from any color flowers of your choosing.
o Live Plants- Live plants are a great idea because they
look so beautiful, and when all other floral
arrangements are gone, live plants remain for a lasting
amount of time.
While these are the most common types of floral
arrangements, be sure to check with your florist for
more ideas. All of these arrangements can be fashioned
in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and type of
flower. Display arrangements can be made into any shape
you desire, including religious symbols, organizational
symbols (such as fraternal orders, etc.), or more
personal remembrances. Sympathy and memorial
arrangements are a great gesture of your love and
compassion, and the funeral director or floral arranger
will be able to help you decide what will be best for
Mr. Oliver is a marketing agent of Morrissett Funeral
Home. The funeral home provides funeral arrangements and
services throughout the Richmond Virginia area. For more
information on their Funeral Services in Richmond
Virginia please visit their website.