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Each variety, color, and arrangement of flowers can have a particular meaning and symbolism. Indeed, different interpretations are based on whether the bulbs are tulips or roses, yellow or red, in a wreath or adorning a cushion. FloraQueen explains to you the various meanings of memorial flowers through this guide.
As you read this, you can discover the following:
* Why Should We Offer Memorial Flowers at a Funeral
* The Meaning of Memorial Flowers
* The Meaning of Colors
* Different Flower Arrangements
Why Should We Offer Memorial Flowers at a Funeral
Flowers are a sign of your support for a family. They show your affection for the deceased. In a difficult time, such as the loss of a loved one, flowers express feelings and help to convey your floral messages to the family. While the aesthetic aspect is the primary consideration, the origin of the flowers offered at a funeral ceremony is mainly olfactory. Indeed, in Roman times, flowers were used to hide the smells of decay, which were a source of contagious diseases, as conservation care had not yet been mastered.
Not all religious denominations require the presence of flowers during commemorations and ceremonies. This is the case for the Jewish and Muslim religions. At Jewish funerals, it is preferable to offer a candle or a financial contribution to the community as a sign of support. In Islam, where prayers are more important than flowers, to show your care to the family at a Muslim funeral, contemplation at the grave can be more appreciated than flowers. Muslim people go to the cemeteries in remembrance of the dead.
In Christian religions, flowers are widespread. More often than not, offering them before, during, or after the service is still a highly appreciated gesture. Nevertheless, keep absolute sobriety for Protestants and Orthodox. Flowers are also prevalent in the Hindu and Buddhist religions.
The Meaning of Memorial Flowers
Flowers provide support and comfort during tough times that grieving families go through. At funerals, there is no obligation to choose flowers. However, you can choose some flowers because of their significance, such as the rose, symbol of love, the lily, symbol of purity, innocence, and serenity. Also, the carnation is a symbol of mourning and wisdom. The lily in the Catholic religion is very popular, and its shelf life is another quality.
Even if carnations, roses, and chrysanthemums remain second hand for a funeral, other varieties such as the arum, which represents the soul of the deceased, or the purple anemone for death, also carry your most sincere messages. In other countries, chrysanthemums can mean something completely different. They are offered on Mother’s Day and are a symbol of peace and love, for example, in Australia. In most Asian countries, only white Chrysanthemums mean mourning.
The Meaning of Colors
The most common colors:
* White: It stands for purity, light, innocence, peace, calm, balance, serenity. The white color is particularly suitable for children.
* Red: It signifies love, passion, intimacy, temptation, fire, blood, emotion, anger, strength, power, power, energy, perseverance, fight, determination.
* Blue: It implies peace, serenity, calm, freshness, sensitivity.
* Pink: It shows confidence, gentleness, innocence, peace, tranquility, calmness, romanticism.
* Yellow: It symbolizes joy, energy, strength, dynamism.
* Green: It expresses balance, permission, freshness, happiness, harmony, success, energy, optimism, youth, calm, serenity.
* Orange: It displays intelligence, loyalty, trust, warmth, radiance.
* Violet: It represents mystery, protection, purity, peace, luxury.
* Grey: It implies sadness, depression, helplessness, loneliness, monotony.
* Black: It indicates fear, anguish, the unknown, loss, emptiness.
Different Flower Arrangements
Likewise, many flower compositions allow you to express your love to the deceased. The snowshoe, which covers the casket, or large arrangements in dark colors, are usually chosen by the family. Friends and relatives can opt instead for wreaths and cushions in pastel and white shades. Acquaintances can often select a bouquet or wreath of flowers.
Friends and relatives of the deceased offer the bouquet. Personalized and with intense symbolism, the bouquet is appropriate for many life events. Also, grief is an opportunity to show compassion at several stages. Consider a floral bouquet which involves a vase to offer. To avoid bothering your loved ones, you may want to consider a decorative basket. A basket made up of flowers and petals that the guests can take and place next to the deceased. This format is also timeless as it can be offered at any time of mourning (even after the funeral).
Originally a symbol of the heavenly election, the funeral wreath is the most common composition. A ribbon can accompany it. The conservation is longer than a simple bouquet. The funeral wreath takes on its meaning during a religious ceremony, so we often deliver it to places of worship.
They usually come from acquaintances, complementing the original cushion in the casket. It is possible to personalize your message by adapting the shape, for example, in the form of a heart.
The Front of the Grave
This composition, which is high up and affixed like a facade, enhances the monument with a romantic touch. More large formats can be placed like shrubs (the potted cypress) accompanied by more imposing plants such as lilies or snapdragons. Later, families can prefer to offer flowers in pots as some tombs lack of maintenance.
The Wreath of Flowers
Relatives’ acquaintances offer them as a symbol of sincere and honest friendship. It comes to decorate a funeral place more elegantly. It is a composition of uncut flowers. The wreath is particularly suitable for the location of worship, where the ceremony takes place at the burial site. However, we don’t recommend it for the home of bereaved relatives. It also exists in a more discreet format adapted to be carried by the wearer: the hand sheaf; or presented in such a way as to stand upright during the religious ceremony, for example, the standing spray.
The snowshoe rests on the casket, and you can decorate it with a ribbon with or without inscription. It can reinforce the message that is usually expressed by close family members of the deceased. You can offer the snowshoe on the day of the funeral as it is intended to be placed on the coffin
Discover our range of flowers for burial, grief, or death, as well as mourning wreaths, cushions, and memorial wreaths made by FloraQueen florists from natural herbs and adapted to funeral ceremonies. People need to know that they are surrounded by others who understand their difficulties. The deceased deserve the respect that flowers can give him or her. Sending memorial flowers is extremely important in maintaining relationships by trying emotional moments.