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The Meaning Behind Funeral Flowers

The Meaning Behind Funeral Flowers

The Meaning Behind 8 Different Types Of Popular Funeral Flowers

This article on funeral planning is provided by Everplans — The web's leading resource for planning and organizing your life. 

When choosing flowers, the arrangement you pick should tell the same story as the relationship you had with the person. Was the deceased the love of your life? A close or distant family member? A dear friend? Here’s some tips to help you make the right floral decision.

Lilies

This is often considered the go-to funeral flower and there’s significant meaning behind this strongly aromatic blossom. Lilies suggest that the soul of the deceased has returned to a peaceful state of innocence. Christians think this flower symbolizes purity, virginity, and the radiance of the soul. 

Peace Lily Plant

Similar to the flower, the peace lily plant symbolizes innocence and rebirth of the departed’s soul from the complex physical world to a greater place.

Roses

Just like lilies, roses are a very common and appropriate funeral flower, and each color rose has a slightly different connotation. White roses are the ultimate symbol of spirituality, purity, and innocence. At a funeral, the classic deep red rose evokes love and grief. The yellow rose is often given by friends to show their bond. The rarer dark pink roses are used to express thankfulness to the deceased.

Orchid

No matter what color, orchids have a universal meaning: “I will always love you.”

Chrysanthemums

Unlike other flowers, the meaning behind chrysanthemums varies globally. In America and Europe, the meanings focus on sympathy and honor. The color plays a role in the meaning as well. Red symbolizes love, while white symbolizes innocence. In Asia, chrysanthemums symbolize rebirth and are more often given at baby showers than funerals.

Carnations

Carnations are often used in funeral wreaths and standing sprays. As with other flowers, each of the colors has its own meaning. The red shows affection and the white tends to symbolize innocence. 

Hyacinth

These are mostly added into an arrangement of assorted flowers. There are a variety of thoughts behind the meaning, ranging from “you’re included in my prayers” to deep anguish.

Hydrangea

The meaning behind this flower is not as well-known as the others, but many believe it symbolizes true heartfelt emotions.

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