Death is a dreaded but inevitable part of life, and funerals are a traditional way to mark the loved one’s passing. These events can help us remember our departed friend or relative by sharing stories and memories with the deceased. It can also help us move through the grieving process by getting closure.
We can honour the dead by bringing the bereaved family some funeral flowers. These fresh blooms can help show the grieving family love and support during this dark time. However, we must also pick the right ones to show respect and create a meaningful tribute.
We’ll provide some reminders when buying flowers and the types of flower arrangements and blooms.
A Few Things to Remember When Buying Funeral Flowers
When purchasing funeral flowers, the arrangement’s size should reflect our relationship with the deceased. However, regardless of the relationship, we must show our condolences.
We must also remember the cultural differences and respect the family’s wishes. For instance, sending flowers to a Jewish funeral or red flowers to a Buddhist funeral is usually inappropriate.
Why Should We Consider Our Relationship to the Deceased?
Our relationship with the deceased will help us decide the type of flower arrangement we purchase for the family and funeral.
Immediate family/partners are likely to buy large standing sprays and a casket wreath.
Close friends and relatives could also get standing sprays, wreaths, crosses or even heart arrangements, those that weren’t close to the deceased could consider getting baskets or bouquets.
4 Types of Flower Arrangements for a Funeral
After discussing a few pointers, let’s explain the four common types of funeral flower arrangements.
1. Casket Wreath
A casket spray or wreath is a floral arrangement we place atop the coffin once the service ends. The deceased’s closest family members or partners usually choose this arrangement, which is not for other guests. It’s also generally more significant and displayed and viewed from a distance.
2. Standing Spray
Standing sprays are large decorative flower arrangements we usually place on a stand or easel near the casket at a funeral. They’re generally more prominent than wreaths or baskets; we send them directly to the funeral home instead of the family’s house.
3. Crosses, Hearts, and Wreaths
Crosses, hearts, and wreaths are flower arrangements larger than a bouquet or basket but smaller than a standing spray. We design them to put them near the casket and on an easel. The immediate family members purchase it to show respect, and we usually send them directly to the funeral home.
4. Baskets and Bouquets
Baskets and bouquets express sympathy and condolences to a family who lost a loved one. As a thoughtful gesture, we can send them directly to the family’s property instead of the funeral home.
What Are the Common Types of Funeral Flowers?
Lilies are popular funeral flowers and represent sympathy, peace, and innocence. In contrast, peace lilies signify peace, purity, and hope and can be great indoor plants. On the other hand, chrysanthemums symbolise loyalty, well-wishing, and sorrow and usually come in white or yellow.
Roses can represent friendship, innocence, and grief. In contrast, orchids can symbolise purity, companionship, grace, and respect. On the other hand, carnations can signify innocence, a mother’s love, and sympathy. Roses can last a week, orchids can stay fresh for a lifetime, and carnations live for three weeks.
We know that the passing of a loved one can be devastating for anyone. Our funeral flowers can help guests and relatives pay their respect to the dead and sympathise with the bereaved family.
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