Most Popular Flowers For Funerals

By: Alterna Cremation
Thursday, April 11, 2024

When a death occurs, loved ones and the community of people around them immediately seek ways to honour the deceased and offer support in a difficult time. In today's society, one of the most common ways to demonstrate love and pay respect is through the delivery of flowers.  Floral arrangements of all sizes and types have become a beautiful visual expression of sympathy and caring.

At Alterna Cremation, we work with trusted florists to provide the opportunity for friends and family members to send flowers to a funeral service. If you feel moved to send flowers as a gesture of love and support but aren't sure what type of floral arrangement would be best received, the information below can offer some guidance:

Funeral Flowers Vs. Sympathy Flowers

There are two types of flowers that may be sent on the occasion of a death: Funeral flowers and sympathy flowers.

Funeral flowers are sent directly to a funeral or memorial service to be displayed as a symbol of respect, love, and solidarity. Funeral flower arrangements are typically large and meant for public display.

Sympathy flowers are sent directly to the home of the grieving family as a personal gesture of sympathy. They are typically smaller than funeral flower arrangements and meant for private display.

What Kind of Flowers Should I Send?

The grieving process is highly personal and there's no right or wrong when it comes to sending flowers. That being said, cultural or religious norms as well as personal preferences may come into play in making your decision.

Considerations to keep in mind when selecting a floral arrangement include:

Types of Flowers

Funeral or sympathy floral arrangements can be made up of many types of different flowers. Some of the most popular funeral flowers include:

  • Lilies - Popular and elegant, white lilies symbolize purity and a return to innocence.
  • Daisies - Appropriate in any floral arrangement, daisies are frequently used for funerals involving infants or children.
  • Roses - Available in many different colours, roses classically represent love and respect.
  • Gladioli - Tall and vibrant, gladioli can represent strength and integrity.

Types of Floral Arrangements

The type of floral arrangement you select will depend on the details of the service being held and the wishes of the family as well as on your personal taste and budget. Some arrangements, such as casket sprays, standing sprays, wreaths, and floor bouquets are usually meant to decorate the casket and nearby area, while others, such as funeral baskets and live plants, may represent more versatile and simple floral gifts.

Choosing Flower Colours

White flowers are often thought of as being traditional for funerals, but selecting a more colourful array can also be a meaningful way to celebrate a vibrant life. In addition, specific colours of flowers can hold special meaning:

  • White - purity, youthfulness, peace, innocence, honour
  • Red - strength and beauty
  • Yellow - strong relationships, happy life
  • Blue - deep mourning
  • Purple - humility, dignity, respect

Send Funeral Flowers Using Alterna's Floral Service

If you are looking for a simple, direct, and reliable way to send funeral flowers in Winnipeg, Alterna's floral service offers the perfect solution. Search for your loved one on our website, select the flower arrangement you wish to send, and leave the rest to us.


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