Funeral flowers and their meanings

By now, most people know that different flowers send different messages. This is because each bloom is associated with a particular meaning. When it comes to funeral flowers, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you get it right. Here are some of the most thoughtful and appropriate funeral blooms from which you can choose.


Of all the funeral flowers you can choose, carnations are known for lasting the longest. They are also extremely affordable which makes them ideal since a funeral can be quite unexpected. Red carnations are associated with love and admiration while pink ones represent remembrance. White carnations are a symbol of pure love and innocence.


Chrysanthemums, or mums, are popular for various occasions. They make lovely funeral flowers thanks to their size and abundant petals. In some countries, such as France, Italy, Poland and Spain, Chrysanthemums are reserved for the sole purpose of funeral flowers. They are not sent for any other occasion as they are in other countries.

Hydrangea Plants

Funeral flowers don’t always need to be cut stems. You can use hydrangea plants to decorate the church or venue where the service is held. Once the service is over, the family can take these plants home to keep in their home or plant in their garden. It will serve as a reminder of their loved one.


Lilies are some of the most popular funeral flowers and they are available in various colours and sizes. White calla lilies are popular as well as white stargazer lilies. The latter are known to send a message of sympathy while other white lilies represent purity.


When in doubt, choose roses! Different colours send different messages. For example, a red rose can be seen as a symbol of your affection while crimson roses represent grief and sorrow. White roses send a message of purity and innocence. Roses are often more expensive when compared to other blooms which is why they are usually paired with other cut flowers in mixed arrangements.

Tulips and Daffodils

If you want to offer the grieving family hope during these difficult times, you should send tulips or daffodils. Both of these funeral flowers will prove uplifting and comforting during this initial period of grief.


With long stems and bright flowers, it’s no wonder gladioli are the symbol of strength. These plants can grow up to 4 feet in height and they are popular traditional funeral flowers. The are often used to give bouquets height and can be used as a backdrop for arrangements placed in corners or against walls. When placed on a table where the bouquet can be seen from all angles, they are best positioned in the middle of the vase.

Orchid Plants

If you are looking for elegant funeral flowers, orchid plants are the way to go. These plants produce some of the most amazing blooms. These plants are not as difficult to care for as some might think. Once the funeral service is over, they can be sent home with the family and the plant will continue to thrive provided its basic needs are met.

These are just a few of the most popular funeral flowers from which you can choose. Remember, if you want to send sympathy flowers to a grieving family, you should have the florist deliver them directly to the recipient so that they are not overwhelmed by the arrival of visitors.