How To Buy Funeral Flowers
Funeral flowers are sent to a church service or funeral home. A local florist will deliver your flowers to the funeral or memorial service.
When someone has passed, sending flowers is a traditional way to express grief and condolences. Customs can vary from culture to culture, and knowing how to select and order the right arrangement can be daunting. Use these quick, easy tips to get the answers you need and check out our sympathy and funeral links on our florist website.
What Flowers Are Appropriate for a Funeral?
The type of flowers you choose will depend on who has passed and your connection with them:
- Lilies are a traditional funeral flower and are always appropriate
The most traditional funeral flowers center around the lily. Lilies are symbolic of the soul of the departed and the hope offered by the renewal process. White is a good color to send for a faith-based or religious service.
- Roses are common flowers for funerals and come in a variety of colors for every funeral style
Roses have a universal meaning that makes them ideal as a funeral flower. Red roses are perfect to express love and respect. [Pink roses] are a sign of appreciation and grace. If you’re celebrating the life of a close friend, [yellow roses] are suitable.
What Do White Roses Mean?
The white rose is used in funeral arrangements to convey innocence and youth. They can also denote reverence for the person who has passed. Although sympathy flowers have meanings that can change from country to country, white roses remain a popular funeral flower.
- Gladioli make wonderful standing fan sprays and are a traditional funeral flower
When mourning someone who displayed strength and character in life, the gladioli is an excellent choice to send the family.
- Carnations are fragrant, long-lasting, and perfect for a sympathy flower arrangement, especially for a mother who has passed.
Carnations are a very popular choice for sympathy flowers. They are fragrant and long-lasting flowers, making them ideal for services that last for several days. A white carnation represents purity and innocence. Pink carnations send thoughts of remembrance.
- Chrysanthemums are sent specifically for funerals in many cultures as well
The chrysanthemum, or mum, makes a wonderful choice when mourning with a family that has ties to Europe or Asia. China, Korea, and Japan use white chrysanthemums to symbolize grief. In some European countries, mums are only sent to place on graves or as a funeral arrangement.
If you wish to say “I will always love you,” send an orchid. Express your sympathy with a pink, purple, or white orchid plant.
Not all funeral flowers are cut flowers. Sending a potted hydrangea plant is a good option when you want the family to have continued support. Potted hydrangeas can be planted outdoors when the family is ready, and they will bloom for years afterward
Sending a potted plant to a grieving individual or family is a lovely gesture. Hydrangeas and orchids are ideal choices. The hydrangea can be planted outside at a later point in the grieving process, while orchids make an uplifting visual statement when a family is in mourning.
How to Send Flowers to a Funeral?
Read the funeral announcement carefully. Many families list their preferences in the obituary or other public statement and include details about where to send flowers. As long as you have the name of the deceased, florists can find the location for you.
It’s best to follow the family’s wishes regarding donations in lieu of funeral flowers. In addition to a donation, cut flowers, baskets, or potted plants sent to the home can be uplifting. If you learn of the funeral months after it has taken place, sending flowers or a potted plant to the home is acceptable.
Next, you’ll need to decide what type of arrangement and flowers you want to send. Flower baskets, bouquets in vases, wreaths, sprays, and potted plants are all possibilities.
How to Order Flowers for a Funeral?
Flowers can be delivered to a memorial service, viewing, funeral service, graveside location, or the family’s home. We have a wide variety of options available for the casket, service, and home of the grieving.
A wreath or spray on a free-standing easel is easy for funeral staff to place and move around and a beautiful addition to a funeral service.
How To Buy for a Religious Funeral
Honor the departed’s religious or cultural belief with flowers appropriate for a viewing or wake, funeral, cremation or graveside service.
How to Buy Sympathy Flowers
Sympathy flowers and fruit baskets are sent to the departed’s home to comfort the family during their time of sorrow.
How to Write Card Messages
It is not always easy to write a heartfelt message that expresses how you feel, especially at a time of sorrow so we have written some card suggestions for different occasions:
SHORT FUNERAL FLOWER MESSAGES
- Gone but never forgotten
- You will be sorely missed
- Our thoughts go out to you
- In loving memory
- Rest in peace
- Always in my heart
- Treasured memories
- Forever in our thoughts
- May you rest in peace
- With love and fond memories
- Sorry for your loss
- With deepest sympathy
- May the memories of “Name of Deceased” hope you cope with the tough days ahead
LONGER FUNERAL FLOWER MESSAGES
- Although we are far away, we will hold you close in our thoughts and in our hearts today and always
- You will be missed but never forgotten. You have captured a place in our hearts. Rest in peace
- May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead
- You brought joy, happiness and laughter to all who met you. You will be deeply missed by everyone
- When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure
- Many friends come into our lives but only a few leave with their footprints on our hearts
- For the joy you gave and the precious memories which you left behind for me to cherish; take with you all my love
RELIGIOUS FUNERAL FLOWER MESSAGES
- Goodnight and God bless
- You are in our thoughts and prayers
- May you rest in peace in God’s heaven
- In God’s arms may you gently rest
- Wherever you are, God is
- May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care
- You changed my life in countless ways. Thank you for everything
WHAT TO WRITE ON FUNERAL FLOWERS FOR DAD OR MUM
- Mum/Dad, you gave me the best life. Rest peacefully
- You were the best mum/dad anyone could wish for. I love you and I miss you
- Love you mum/dad
- For a wonderful mum/dad, thank you for your endless love and kindness
WHAT TO WRITE ON FUNERAL FLOWERS FOR A SISTER OR BROTHER
- You were my strength in good times and bad. Thank you for everything
- Brother/Sister, you are loved dearly
- You were my best friend. I will miss you everyday
- Time and time again, you showed me how to live. Love you so much.
POPULAR VERSES FOR FUNERAL FLOWERS
- My friend you are a leaving. It’s time for you to go. Your friendship was a blessing and I will miss you so
- Death may leave a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory that no one can steal
- To me you were so special. Someone good and true. Never will I forget you; I thought the world of you
- Time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay
- Our hearts are filled with sadness and tears, but our memories are filled with smiles and laughter of the good times we shared over the years
- Dear is your memory, sweet is your name. Close to my heart, you will always remain
RELIGIOUS VERSES FOR FUNERAL FLOWERS
- God took you in his loving arms, He saw you needed rest. His garden must be beautiful, for He only takes the best
- In God’s care you rest above, in our hearts you rest with love
- God will link the broken chain, as one by one we meet again. In our hearts he will always stay, loved and remembered every day
- Ours is just a simple prayer, God bless and keep you in His care