Have you ever noticed how there is usually very specific flowers displayed at a funeral? Have you ever wondered why those flowers were used? And have you ever thought about what it must signify? Well here are the answers to those burning questions you have all (categorised by flower):
The most popular- lilies
lilies symbolize innocence and the departure of a soul when used as funeral flowers. The scent of lilies tends to remind people of a funeral because this is usually used at every service (in some parts of the world). It is mostly used in white because this symbolizes innocence, purity and the departure of a loved one- more so than any other floral arrangement.
The most dramatic- chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums (also knowns as ‘mums’) unlike lilies have varying meanings and symbolism throughout the world, from death to grief, it has a very diverse set of symbols. Just like chrysanthemums have many meanings, there are various reasons for keeping flowers upon someone’s death: one of which is to make the odour of the decomposing body. It is a custom that has been around for centuries but nowadays it has more of a sentimental purpose.
The most recognizable- roses
Any florist Karrakatta will tell you how popular and easily recognizable a rose is to almost anyone anywhere in the world. They are just as common as lilies are at a service. Each colour usually means something else: white symbolizes purity, innocence and youth while red symbolizes bravery, love and respect. The very deeper dark crimson signifies passion, grief and sorrow. Yellow roses are symbolic of close ties of friendship and support. The roses usually become part of the wreath placed on top of the casket of those who bury their dead in caskets.
The most sympathetic- carnations
These are most often used on the standing sprays that others send to the family of the deceased to convey their deepest sympathies. They are strongly fragrant and longer lasting than most other flowers which makes them perfect for gifting additionally they are also more affordable than other floral arrangements.
The most understated- orchids
Orchids signify an everlasting love. One that endures over time. Orchids are actually kept quite frequently in homes and offices because like what they signify they are quite long lasting not to mention they come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes.
Whatever the flower may be, now you know what it signifies and why it is there. But keep in mind that not all cultures or religions have the same beliefs of funeral flowers, so do not assume that these symbolic meanings apply to everyone and anyone when you want to send over flowers.