What Types of Flowers to Choose for a Funeral Bouquet?
When a loved one dies, it is customary to give the family a gift of flowers. A bouquet of flowers, a symbol of support and sympathy, is an opportunity to bring comfort to bereaved people, while adding a touch of colour to the ceremony. Before selecting the flowers that will form part of the floral arrangement, it is important to know their meaning as well as the meaning of the colours that will be used to create it, so as not to make any mistakes—any faux pas. Here are some tips to help you make a well-informed choice.
Choose the type of floral arrangement
Various types of floral arrangements are available when it comes time to choose the flowers for a funeral. First, a spray consists of flowers that are arranged so that they can be seen from only one side. They are often placed on a stand or tripod, so they can be highlighted. The bouquet is a mixture of freshly cut flowers, placed in a vase, basket or other decorative container. This is generally chosen by most people who are not part of the deceased’s immediate family. The casket spray or casket cover, on the other hand, includes flowers that will be placed on top of the casket. However, this option is only for the deceased’s family.
Know the meaning of colours
Although there are no colours to be avoided when choosing the flowers for a floral arrangement, it is important to know the meaning that certain shades can have. A symbol of love and passion, red is often more appropriate for the spouse or people very close to the deceased. As for pastel shades, they evoke nostalgia and friendship, which may be a good option if you are a close friend of the deceased. You will be indicating your support for the family, while demonstrating proof of friendship. In the case of the death of a child, white flowers may be appropriate, as this colour is a reflection of purity. Alternatively, you can choose shades that the deceased liked. In case of doubt, don’t hesitate to ask your florist for advice.
Select the flowers for the floral arrangement
When it comes to choosing the type of flower that will be used in your floral arrangement, it may be wise to know the meaning of the various flowers. The lily is a very popular choice for funerals because it represents purity and innocence. As for the rose, it can also be used in the arrangement. However, keep the meaning of the colours in mind, before choosing the appropriate variety of roses.
Another interesting option is the chrysanthemum, which requires little maintenance and symbolizes eternity. Carnations, on the other hand, represent mourning and discretion. It is therefore a perfect choice to pay a discreet tribute to the deceased or if your relationship with the deceased is somewhat more distant (colleague or simple acquaintance). Various other flowers can also be used to create your floral arrangement; just arrange them carefully. The idea is always to keep within the right tone, in order to respect the deceased’s tastes.
Feel free to contact the Montreal Crematorium team for our advice when you want to choose the right flowers for funerals. We can help you, so that you can be sure to respect the deceased and his or her family.