Popular funeral flower meanings

Funeral flowers are one of the sentimental factors that go into a funeral and are often well thought out when making a choice on what to use when a loved one passes away. With that being said, it’s not often that we look to flowers to symbolise things in our everyday life so when it comes to picking the right funeral flowers the prospect can be daunting with so many different options available, we’re sharing some of the popular options and the meaning behind each one to make your choices a little easier.


Lilies are one of the most common and popular flowers at  funeral services, this particular flower is said to represent the soul of the loved one returning to a place of peace. White lilies are the most common colour used at funerals as white is associated with purity and innocence.


Carnations are another choice popular at funeral services , these flowers often are known to represent remembrance especially red carnations that further symbolise, pure love and innocence and admiration. Carnations are often used as a funeral flow owing to the fact that they are one of the most long-lasting as well as fragrant flowers.


Roses are one of the most recognised flowers and are universally used at funerals, roses come in a large range of colour of which have many different meanings:
  • White roses – innocence and humility
  • Red roses – respect and love
  • Pink roses – appreciation and grace
  • Dark red roses – grief and sympathy


Although orchids are more of a gifted flower, some people like to use them in funerals too, and considering the meaning of the colour orchid when giving it as a gift of sympathy. Colours such as pink or white orchids traditionally symbolise sympathy , particularly the phalaenopsis orchid and dendrobium orchid are often suggested by florists as the best plants to symbolise sympathy.