Sympathy and Funeral Flowers That Express Your Feelings

12 October 2015

'Floriography' dates back to the 19th Century when gifts of blooms, plants and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Whilst we’re not under such strict conditions today, saying how we feel can often be difficult, especially at a time of loss, and for many, flowers can help express feelings when words are simply not enough.

I always feel very privileged when a family requests that we provide flowers for their loved one because it is their final & most personal gesture. We feel a huge responsibility to get right. Just as with happy occasions like weddings, we take pride in making the flowers as fitting and personal as possible.

Taking the time to understand a person’s favourite flowers and colour scheme, or what the biggest love of their life was, in order to create a bespoke tribute, is very important to us. Perhaps they were an avid fisherman, loved music or sport. Funeral flowers can spark wonderful memories of times past and lift the mood with stories and laughter about time spent together.

Flowers with meaning...

Along with traditional flower arrangements, there are certain flowers that are commonly sent to funerals.

  • White lily or Arum lily. This flower represents sorrow or bereavement. White is the colour of mourning in many cultures, so daisies, white roses and other white flowers work well in funeral arrangements.
  • Chrysanthemums symbolise devotion and loyalty, so are often requested to send for a funeral of a close friend or family member.
  • Roses, usually white or red, are traditionally given as symbols of love and friendship. Just like white lilies, white roses symbolise purity and innocence and make beautiful displays to revere a loved one.
  • Hydrangeas symbolise sympathy and renewal, making them ideal choices for funeral flowers. With beautiful subtle shades and bountiful blooms they are an elegant and graceful gift.

Ultimately which flowers or arrangements you decide upon is a personal decision. Whether you choose them for their traditional meaning or to illustrate a personal passion in life there are no rules as to what you should choose. If you’re choosing flowers for the funeral itself or as a message of condolence to family and friends we are here to help and guide you.

We have recently added new specialist tributes to our website so please take a look and see how beautiful and fitting, even on sad occasions that flowers can be. If we can be of any assistance please get in touch.