Funeral Flower Significance and Symbolism
When a loved one departs, it is always a distressing time and soon thoughts are turning towards funeral arrangements and remembrance For those who have been touched by the life of an individual who has gone on to their final rest, there seems to be no way we can express what the person meant to us during their time on this earth.
The purchase of funeral flowers seems to be the best way to say with a gesture what can’t be expressed with mere words.It’s a symbol of the love, care and esteem we have for the deceased. They are also a way to show the surviving family remembers how much we care about them and to extend our sympathies.In regards to what floral arrangements may symbolize, their meaning is clear-we are adding something to the ceremony that is in the bloom of life.
There are many types of arrangements available when ordering funeral flowers. Selecting the style and design usually falls within these categories:
FUNERAL FLOWERS FOR AN INFANT OR CHILD are usually smaller than regular funeral flower arrangements. The color theme may be that of soft pastels or of bright sunny colors. Funeral flower arrangements, sprays, bouquets, wreaths, angels and crosses are considered appropriate.
FUNERAL FLOWER CASKET SPRAYS come in an assortment of sizes. The two most common sizes are either full-length or half-length sizes. The full-length arrangement extends over the full length of the closed casket lid. The half-length arrangement covers the bottom half or the closed portion of the casket during an open casket funeral. The family usually orders funeral flower casket sprays.
STANDING FUNERAL FLOWER SPRAYS are delivered to the funeral home. Funeral flower sprays may be ordered from a wide selection of flowers and themes, and are presented on an easel during the service. Sprays are large displays of flowers sitingt atop an easel and rest beside the casket.
FUNERAL FLOWER WREATHS come in a variety of floral or other types of designs. Wreaths bring a special meaning to the service. The circular shape of the wreath is the symbol for eternal life. Crosses are also considered appropriate.
HEART is a beautiful and timeless cluster of flowers that is usually fashioned in the shape of a heart. Relatives and family members usually send this type of arrangement as symbol of undying love.
SYMPATHY CROSS is generally sent by a religions group, crosses often have flowers that are made into the shape of a cross.
FUNERAL FLOWER LID ARRANGEMENTS can be small floral bouquets, corsages or other types of small arrangements. These types of funeral flower arrangements are usually ordered by the family and represent the children or grandchildren of the deceased.
LIVE PLANTS are often welcomed as gestures of condolence and sympathy. Live plants can be sent to the funeral home, the residence, or even to the office.
VASE OR TABLE ARRANGEMENTS are usually funeral flower arrangements sent to the bereaved family’s home or taken home after the service. Choosing this type of arrangement can reflect the deceased’s tastes, style or personality. If uncertain as to the type of funeral flower arrangements to send, a discussion with the florist will help you with your selection.
SYMPATHY GIFT BASKETS containing flowers, plants, kosher, gourmet or specialty foods, and gifts are appreciated by family and colleagues. These types of baskets are delivered to the family residence or to the office. These types of baskets are not usually delivered to the funeral home.