Whether you are choosing a bouquet to honor the life of someone you lost, or are taking a dozen long stem roses as an expression of condolence, flowers speak more than words could ever express. Various funeral flowers symbolize many things. People around the world use them to express everything from joy to sadness, love, and sorrow.
How Funeral Flowers are Used
People use florel and plant symbolism in mythology, folklore, plays, literature, and poetry. From ancient times to today, cultures around the globe use blooms to express a myriad of emotions. Mourners choose different types of arrangements to express their sentiments. Florists arrange wreaths, crosses, and heart sprays to display near or across the casket. Popular circular wreaths represent eternal life. In many cases, people deliver flower arrangements and baskets for display at the religious ceremony, burial, or memorial, or to be sent to the home to the grieving family.
The Unique Meaning of Funeral Flowers
Flowers are not only beautiful but also carry messages. When bidding farewell to a beloved family member or friend, people often choose flowers which meant something to the deceased. However, if you want to go the extra mile with the bouquets you select, you may want to consider the individual messages that many flowers convey.
These lovely blooms represent reinstated innocence of the soul of the deceased, which makes them perfect not just for memoirals but also for display at religious ceremonies during Pentecost and Easter.
These represent truth. And in the U.S, people widely regard them as a cheerful way to honor the life of the departed. The message is even more apropos if the deceased lived a long, full life. In many parts of Europe, chrysanthemums symbolize death. As such, they are the only flowers used at most flowers.
Depending on the color, carnations symbolize different things. White stands for pure love and innocence. Red stands for admiration. Pink is used to denote remembrance.
Many people choose roses for memorial services. This makes sense, since different rose varieties convey unique sentiments. For example, white roses mean reverence, innocence, and youthfulness. Whereas, red roses show respect, courage, and love. Yellow roses denote friendship. And crimson roses represent grief and sorrow. If you want to express love, grace, and gentility, choose pink roses.
The tall and majestic blooms of gladioli symbolize sincerity, moral integrity, and strength of character.
Orchids express one’s sympathy with the family while simultaneously representing eternal love. Traditional orchid floral colors for funerals are pink and white.
Selecting Funeral Flowers on a Budget
If your budget is tight, you can work with our house florist, Andrea Batista. Consulting with Pushing Up Daisies Floral Designer Andrea allows family members to create a beautiful floral arrangement on any budget without having to sacrifice important elements in their loved one’s Celebration of Lfe. Another option is that you can order directly from our online portal.
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services, Glendora, California
Whether you choose to transport cremains now or hold a memorial or funeral after restrictions are further eased, we would love to help you celebrate your loved one’s life. At Foothill, we will do our best to make sure you can mourn the loss of your loved one in a safe manner. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart provide great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. However, LA County may limit the number of people who can attend such an event in light of COVID-19. Call today to speak to one of our funeral directors about current options.