What Flowers to Choose for a Funeral

By: Anderson Funeral Home
Sunday, September 18, 2016

What Flowers to Choose for a Funeral

Flowers have been a part of the funeral tradition for many years. Today we have flowers at a funeral to symbolize love, hope, dignity and remembrance. The wide variety of flower arrangements and flower symbolism can make ordering flowers for a funeral a bit confusing. The following tips will help you make the right choice.

Funeral Flowers are Different from Sympathy Flowers

Sympathy flowers are ordered for the loved ones of the deceased, and are delivered to their home. Funeral flowers are delivered to the funeral home and are part of the ceremony. They may be laid on the casket, positioned in the entrance or placed on the altar.

Different Flowers have Different Meanings

Flowers symbolize a variety of sentiments. For example, lilies symbolize sympathy and the innocence of the departed soul. Gladioli symbolize strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity. You can choose flowers that represent how you feel about the departed.

Long Lasting Flowers

Occasionally, services can last a for few days. If you are ordering funeral flowers that will be part of a multiple day service, send flowers that will be designed in a container with water or floral foam. This will keep the flowers fresh for the longest possible time.

Large Flowers Create Drama

Generally speaking, smaller flowers are best for sympathy flowers. Larger flowers, such as lilies and gladioli, are better for funeral flowers. They are large, colorful, and stand up well when displayed.

Casket Flowers are for the Family Only

If you are ordering flowers for a funeral, anyone can order them and have them delivered to the funeral home or church. However, it is customary for the casket flowers to be ordered by the family.

Types of Arrangements

In addition to casket flowers there are standing sprays and wreaths, floor bouquets and baskets, and vase bouquets. Standing sprays and wreaths are often positioned near entrances. Baskets and floor bouquets can be positioned on tables or amongst seating areas. Vase bouquets are often positioned on altars or podiums.

Create a Color Theme

Flowers can be any color – from white to orange and anything in between. All are appropriate, but you might consider choosing a color theme to create unity. While white is often the simplest, also consider the colors and types of flowers your loved one preferred. You can fill the room with their favorite flowers for a colorful service.

Choosing flowers for a funeral does not need to be complicated; it is something that any family member can take care of. Establish a budget and decide how many arrangements you need and where they will be positioned. You can then work with a florist before you place your order.

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