Traditional Meanings of Funeral Flowers

Losing a loved one is a difficult time, when a floral tribute can provide comfort and reassurance whilst also acting as a respectful form of decoration. Certain flowers traditionally come with specific connotations, so if you wish to convey a particular message then your selection of blooms can help.

Here are a few of the traditional meanings behind popular funeral flowers:

Lilies
By far the most popular choice for a funeral flower, the white stargazer lily conveys sympathy and any white lily stands for majesty and the purity that is said to have been restored to the soul of the departed.

Carnations
Different colours of carnations are used to express people’s feelings for their loved one. Red symbolises admiration, white conveys uncomplicated love and pink stands for remembrance.

Chrysanthemums
Despite having different traditional meanings across the world, chrysanthemums are a popular choice to be included in flower arrangements for funeral services. In America white blooms suggest truth and integrity, whereas in Korea, Japan and Europe they traditionally symbolise lamentation and grief.

Gladioli
A display of gladioli is thought to represent integrity, morality and strength of character.

Roses
Due to their association with romantic love, roses are another popular choice to convey the depth of emotion that can be evoked as a life is celebrated. White roses suggest reverance and humility, while pink stand for grace and gentility.

Whatever message you would like to convey through your floral tribute, you are sure to find the perfect thing within the range of bouquets, sprays, wreaths and coffin displays available from Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors. We are an independent, family owned business and we believe in delivering a personal service that is tailored to reflect the individuality of your loved one.

To find out more about our bespoke funeral arrangements in Birmingham, Coventry and the surrounding areas, call us today or fill in our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.