How to Choose Funeral Flowers & What They Mean
Did you know that some scientists believe that funeral flowers date back as far as 62,000 years ago? For many years, flowers have been an integral part of any funeral service. It has become common practice to use flowers as a way to offer condolences and express your sympathy. Funeral and sympathy flowers can be sent to the family’s home or the funeral home to be displayed during the service. If you are unable to attend a funeral, many people to choose to order flowers so they can feel like they are a part of the funeral service.
Fortunately for the families we serve, Memories Flower Shop is a part of our facilities. This full-service flower shop provides beautiful floral arrangements and is conveniently located on-site. To help you better understand funeral and sympathy flowers, we have created this helpful guide to assist you.
Funeral Flowers vs. Sympathy Flowers
If you have ever ordered flowers for a funeral service, you may have come across the terms funeral flowers and sympathy flowers. A common question we hear often is, what’s the difference? The argument can be made that when you send flowers you are expressing sympathy so all flowers are sympathy flowers. Although this is partly true, the real distinction comes down to size, arrangement and where the flowers are sent.
In most cases, funeral flowers are selected by family members or close family friends. Those who were especially close to the deceased are often responsible for selecting these types of flowers because they understand the deceased’s taste and what types of flowers they would want to have included. Funeral flowers are often larger displays that are big enough to be easily viewed throughout the chapel. Wreaths and sprays are often used to decorate the casket. Large arrangements shaped like a heart or cross are popular choices as well.
Smaller sized bouquets can be sent to either the funeral home or the home of the bereaved. These flowers are called sympathy flowers because they are meant to express your sympathy and let the family know you are thinking of them. Timing is something to consider when sending sympathy flowers. If you would like to have them included in the service, they must be ordered as soon as possible so that funeral home staff has time to arrange them prior to the service. Flowers being sent the home of the bereaved can be sent at any time.
What Different Types of Flowers Mean?
When people are ordering flowers for a service, they often ask us what different flowers mean. Instead of just telling the florist to throw something together that looks nice, take a few moments to review what different flowers mean. Below we have listed 8 of the most popular flowers chosen for arrangements and the meaning behind them.
Carnations – Fascination/Love
Chrysanthemums (Mums) – I Love You
Hyacinth –You’re In My Prayers
Hydrangea – Heartfelt Emotions
Lilies – Majesty
Orchid – I Will Always Love You
Peace Lilies – Peace
Roses – Love, Respect, Courage
Types of Arrangements
If you are looking to order flowers from Memories Flower Shop, we would be happy to assist you. The following are different types of arrangements our talented florists can create.
Bouquets are the most common type of floral arrangement. They are a group of flowers that are often displayed in a vase or basket.
The immediate family of the deceased is responsible for selecting the casket spray. It is a large arrangement that is laid across the top of the casket.
Sprays are designed to be a centerpiece or focal point. They are large displays often shaped like a heart or a cross.
Wreaths are circular floral arrangements. Many people believe that they represent eternal life. Inside Pieces Inside pieces are smaller arrangements that are placed within the casket alongside the deceased. They are typically small floral sprays.