A Guide to our Funeral Flower services
One of the most important elements of any funeral is the flowers. They must be fresh, beautiful, fit with your theme and, most importantly, represent the individual being commemorated.
Because funeral flowers can have sentimental meaning, most of our tributes are bespoke, this can simply be just by colour or flower choice but can also go as far as 3D tributes to signify a persons character or pastime. Our Gallery shows some examples of tributes which we have completed for families.
We offer a simple range of tributes via the shopping page, but even these can be tailored to personal requirements with colour or flower choice, please feel free to contact us.
If you need something more specific than what we offer on our shopping page, we are more than happy for you to call into the shop to order funeral flowers, where our staff will be happy to help with advice or we can take your order over the phone.
We understand this can be a very difficult time and are sensitive to peoples feelings and how hard it can be just to be out and about, let alone having to talk to strangers about such a personal event. We are here to help as much as we can, we hope with a sensitive but professional approach it helps to make a difficult time a little less difficult.
We find many people are able to cope with the ordering until we ask for the card message, many people want a message but hadn’t thought about it , and this is often the difficult bit because this is the very personal bit.
So have a think if you need a message and if so what would you like it to be.
We are happy for you to take a card away with you and drop it back to us before the funeral, if you need more time to think about your message.
There is no right or wrong with card messages, sometimes no message is needed if there is only one coffin tribute from all the family, or everyone may wish to express their feelings.
Lots of cards can detract from the beauty of the chosen tribute, so its worth just bearing this in mind, if there is going to be lots of messages, it may be there is another way for everyone to express their memories or farewell words.
It is a very personal day so it’s whatever you want it to be and we are here to help in any way we can.
- Sympathy flowers do not have to be sent straight away. If you are pressed for time and would rather wait until after the funeral is over to send some appropriate flowers to the family home of the person who has passed away, there is nothing wrong with this.
A Guide to Funeral Flowers
Funeral flowers are important as they not only symbolise the life cycle from birth to death but also celebrate the fragility of life and its many beautiful aspects. Today, a wide range of flower varieties are used in funeral sprays and other bouquets, all of which can be arranged in different ways to reflect the type of service you are planning
Flowers and their meaning
Flowers help commemorate occasions throughout a lifetime including christenings, birthdays, weddings and, perhaps when they are of most significance, funerals. The symbolism surrounding flowers goes back centuries and is often associated with religion and Greek mythology. Although each type of flower tends to have a common representation, flowers for funerals can often be used to express personal meanings.
However don’t let a meaning stop you from choosing a particular flower as it can often just be about a favourite flower of the deceased and for no particular reason.
It is becoming more frequent for people to steer away from the traditional meanings and choose instead flowers that hold special thoughts and memories about the deceased.There is very much a growing trend of flowers representing or symbolising the deceased person’s character or way of life, bright cheerful colours, vibrant, simple/understated or country/wild style flowers and colours.”
We explore the traditional meanings behind the common flowers used for funerals. Whether you are a close relative, friend or colleague of the deceased, it is a good idea to learn about the symbolism of flowers as you may find one that suits perfectly.
The lily remains a popular flower to be used at funerals, for one reason that they are beautiful to look at and are often associated with peace and innocence. Lilies are also used as an anniversary gift, especially on 2nd and 30th anniversaries, making them represent love and devotion for many people.
This flower is rich in history and it is featured throughout Greek myths. The word itself originates from the Greek word “leiron” and is highly associated with Hera, the queen of the gods, in the legends. Lilies also feature in many religious stories as they were used as a symbol of Virgin Mary’s purity. The aesthetic of the lily flower is often described as feminine and majestic. Commonly used flowers for tributes are still the traditional lily and still white and neutral coloured flowers.”
The carnation’s name derives from regal origins – alluding either to the Greek crown or the incarnation of God. It’s no surprise, then, that the flowers denote deep affection. The beautiful flower can come in an array of different colours, white carnations are commonly used for funerals as they can symbolise pure love. Red carnations indicate affection and admiration, whereas pink carnations suggest remembrance, which makes all three a fitting choice for funerals.
Orchids are popular flowers for funerals, not only due to their unique beauty but also because they last for a long period, to express sustained sympathy. The elegant and delicate structure of the flower is a sign of refined tastes and luxury. Orchids are often given to those in mourning, but it is important to consider the colour choice. Phalaenopsis as in the picture and dendrobium orchids are deemed the most appropriate sympathy flowers, with pink and white varieties indicating mourning and eternal love.
Roses are one of the most loved flowers around the world for all manner of occasions, and each variety has its own special meaning. In the context of a funeral, white roses symbolise purity, humility and innocence, whereas red conveys love and respect and pink signifies thankfulness to the deceased. The yellow rose is often given by friends to denote their deep ties, and the traditional dark crimson rose suggests deep sorrow. A single rose in a bouquet is a particularly poignant way to express enduring love for the deceased. Much like the others, roses are featured in ancient Greek mythology as they are associated with the goddesses of love.
These beautiful flowers with intricate petals are, in many countries throughout Europe, are solely viewed as funeral flowers. Their meaning differs around the world– in Asia, they represent grief and rebirth, whereas in America they tend to indicate truth and morality. Chrysanthemums are usually included in funerals as a positive tribute to the life of the deceased. As with many flowers, the colour red symbolises love, while white suggests loyalty and innocence. A yellow chrysanthemum traditionally represents neglected love or sorrow. Overall, the chrysanthemums are often chosen as funeral flowers because of their close association with love and joyful life.
The gerbera is in the daisy family. These flowers are recognised for their beauty and love of sunlight. The flower can come in a wide range of colours which each connote different meanings. For funerals, white, pink and other light-coloured gerberas are used often. The Victorian symbolism of the gerbera flower is strongly associated with a simple and happy life, innocence and gratefulness. Because of their relation to happiness and the way the flower always turns towards the sun, the gerbera is a great flower to celebrate a loved one’s life.