Flowers have long been a prominent way to express our sympathy, condolences and respect after we have lost a loved one. The beauty from a floral arrange has the ability to evoke what the heart is feeling when words cannot be said.

That being said, it can be overwhelming choosing the perfect flower arrangement. What type of flower should I get? Does it matter what colour and size? What does this flower mean exactly?

We have looked into the most common funeral flowers and looked into their symbolic meanings.

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These are perhaps the most popular flower at funeral services due to their association with purity and innocence, as seen from the colour of white. This can be represented as restoring peace for your loved ones. It has been strongly linked to Christianity that believe Virgin Mary’s tomb was covered in these aromatic beauties.


Potted orchids are a long-lasting and elegant plant that have a universal meaning of, “I will always love you,” no matter what colour. They typically represent the feeling of renewal and eternal love. As orchids lasts longer, they are the perfect choice for a sympathy gift.


Just like lilies, roses are also a very common funeral flower. However, each colour may have a different connotation. Generally, white roses are a symbol of purity and innocence; red conveys love and grief; yellow represents friendship; and pink signifies grace and thankfulness.

There are no right or wrong answers when choosing the appropriate funeral flowers. Regardless of the arrangement, they will always be a beautiful and classic way to express sympathy for our loved ones.