When you are choosing flowers for a funeral, it is common to think about what the deceased would have liked. But not all flowers seem suitable for a funeral. Therefore, it is often a good idea to choose from some of the flowers that are always seen as appropriate for a funeral.
Lilies are a popular option for funeral flowers as are carnations and chrysanthemums. Roses are also popular with different colours representing different things – red for love and respect, pink for grace and yellow for friendship. Some types of orchid are often used as funeral flowers with pink and white orchids being the most popular. Phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids are also used in funeral flowers.
Choosing the flowers is one part of the process, choosing the type of flower arrangement is the other. Floral baskets come in different sizes and can be delivered to the church or a family home. Standing sprays are used near the casket or can be placed at the graveside for the burial ceremony. For close friends and family, wreaths, crosses and heart shaped arrangements are often displayed on or near the casket.
Not all faiths view flowers for a funeral as being the correct practice. It is common not to send flowers for Jewish or Islamic ceremonies while for Buddhists, red flowers are not sent. For Hindu funerals, guests are expected to arrive empty handed, so flowers aren’t always sent.