Some flowers are chosen for funerals because the deceased loved them or because they are traditional. But many of the traditional funeral flowers also have meanings o associations that make them particularly relevant. Here are a few examples.
Lilies are the most common funeral flowers and the reason for this is that they represent the innocence restored to a departed soul. They are majestic and symbolise purity, with white stargazer lilies also symbolising sympathy.
Gladioli are tall, regal flowers often used in classic fan sprays and come in a wide range of colours. They embody character, sincerity and moral integrity. Another popular flower is the carnation with the red evoking admiration, the pink for remembrance and the white for innocence and pure love.
Roses are popular for many occasions and their meanings have relevance for funerals. Red roses convey love, respect and also courage while pink is for love, grace and appreciation. A dark crimson rose is for grief and sorrow while yellow are given by friends. A single rose in a bouquet is for enduring love.
Seasonal flowers can also be used. Daffodils and tulips are spring flowers and they bring encouragement and hope to the grieving so are often chosen for funeral or sympathy flowers when in season. Yellow tulips are for cheerfulness while white are for forgiveness, purple for royalty and red for love.