Flower Guide

Funeral Flowers: Everything You Need to Know

February 5, 2017
Funeral Flowers

Choosing the right flowers in a time of distress isn’t the first thing on your mind, in fact, you might not even care about it. But since each bloom carries its own meaning and symbolizes numerous different things, it’s important to send the right sentiment, as flowers represent admiration, respect and love. Unfortunately, even in these tough times there’s a certain etiquette to follow.

Here’s our inside information on how to choose and prepare the right type of bloom. It’s better to be equipped with this knowledge beforehand, so when these moments do actually come, you’ll know exactly what to do.


Types of Flowers

With the message you’re trying to convey and the large variety of flower options to choose from these days, it’s a tough choices knowing and deciding which ones to choose. It’s important to note that some flowers are less funeral appropriate, so in order to avoid that here’s a list of most commonly used flowers for funeral bouquets, arrangements and wreaths.

  • Carnations
  • Lilies
  • Gladioli
  • Roses
  • Peace Lily Plant
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Orchid Plant
  • Hydrangea Plan

It all depends basically on the message you want to convey. Some people prefer to convey respect and admiration, while other’s opt to commemorate the spirit and the likings of the deceased, which is also a good option.

Common Arrangements

You also need to be acquainted with the types of arrangements that are appropriate for funerals. When you walk into your local flower shop, like A Better Florist, you’re going to get certain recommendations for which types of arrangements are the most common ones. Here’s a list that’s good to have, if you want to know in advance what you’re going to request from your florist.

  • Casket Sprays
  • Standing Sprays
  • Floral Baskets
  • Wreaths
  • Inside Pieces
  • Table Arrangements


Once again, this is a personal choice and it depends on the ceremony, as well as the wishes of the family of the deceased.

Sympathy Card Messages

Messages that are usually attached to arrangements and wreaths should be short, concise and represent a certain sentiment. If you’re not exactly sure what to write, you can request help from your florist, or use one of the following:

  • “May you rest in peace.”
  • ’’With love to you and your family.’’
  • ’’With my deepest sympathy.’’
  • ’’Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.’’
  • “With love and fond memories.”
  • “Always in our thoughts.”
  • ’’We hope these flowers express what our words never will.’’
  • “In loving memory of a dear friend.”
  • ’’You will be sorely missed.’’
  • “Good night and god bless.”


These messages are your last opportunity to say goodbye. As much as picking the right flowers is important, your final words to your loved ones are equally, if not, even more important. Choose wisely.


There are various religious aspects to consider, for example, Jewish funerals don’t really welcome flowers, but donations to charity are welcomed. It’s best to check with the family of the deceased and enquire about their traditions and practices.



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