When it’s hard to say how you feel at such an emotional time, flowers can convey your thoughts in a beautiful and colourful floral tribute. Often, the flowers you choose for a loved one’s funeral have a personal meaning – perhaps the bereaved always had a vase of tulips on their windowsill or you remember the scent of roses in their garden.
If you don’t have a personal association or the floral tribute is for someone outside of your close family, you might want to choose flowers based on their symbolism. For this, we offer a short guide to help you…
RED FOR LOVE AND DEVOTION
Red roses, carnations and tulips are often chosen by the spouse or partner of the deceased to signify their love. Red is also a fitting colour that can be used in tributes for an immediate relative or very close friend.
FLOWERS FOR ENDURING LOVE
Long-lasting orchids can express your enduring love of the deceased, as can the inclusion of a single rose in your bouquet. Meanwhile pink carnations are often chosen to symbolise the enduring love of a mother or grandmother.
WHITE FOR PURITY
The colour white is symbolic of purity and innocence, which makes it an appropriate choice for children’s funeral services. It’s also commonly used in floral tributes from people who may not be closely related to the bereaved, such as a neighbour or work colleague.
THE COMFORT OF LILIES
There’s something very comforting about the fragrant smell of lilies at a funeral. And this particular flower is thought to represent the soul of the deceased returning to a peaceful state of innocence.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine and including yellow tulips as part of a floral tribute can represent hope and happy thoughts.
* If you’d like to discuss funeral flowers, please get in touch with us on 01438 316623.