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10 Most Popular Flowers for Funerals

Published: July 27, 2020

Photo and arrangement by: Wendy Statskey of Fishing Creek Floral (Winding Creek Shops)

Flowers are a traditional way to express your happiness, love, and even your condolences. When people experience a loss, one of the most common things to do to express your sympathy is to send flowers to the funeral.

There are so many different options when it comes to choosing the right flowers for a situation like this. So, how can you possibly know where to begin?

Let us help you with making the tough decisions


According to Wendy Statskey of Fishing Creek Floral, some of the most popular flowers for a funeral include lilies, daisies, roses, orchids, snapdragons, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums, irises, and hydrangeas - just to name a few. Each of these flowers have very special meanings. Even their colors each represent something different. So, let’s break down each one of these flowers and their colors so you can make the right choice.

Lilies - An elegant choice, white lilies are the most popular type of funeral flowers, representing peace, grace, and dignity.

Daisies - Daisies, either white or more colorful, are a popular choice for bulking up funeral arrangements featuring other flowers. Arrangements that include primarily daisies have also been traditionally used for children and infant funerals.

Roses - Roses have a nearly universal meaning of love and respect which makes roses perfect as part of a funeral flower arrangement. Yellow roses are perfect for celebrating the life of a close friend, while pink roses show grace and commemoration. Classic red roses are a sign of deep and lasting love, even after someone passes away.

Orchids - You can use orchids in a funeral flower arrangement as cut flowers or as live plants. Pink and white orchids are some of the most commonly-chosen when it comes to funerals.

Snapdragons - Snapdragons make a perfect addition to larger floral arrangements as they can be very tall and eye-catching for standing sprays.

Carnations - Carnations are often used in funeral flower arrangements because they grow in many different colors, and they help support larger flowers like roses and lilies.

Gladiolus - Because they grow in bunches along tall stems, gladioli represent strength and integrity. They are also known as the “sword lily”.

Chrysanthemums - Also known as mums, they come in a variety of shapes and forms which makes the chrysanthemum perfect for funeral arrangements. In some European cultures, chrysanthemums even represent death. Mums can make up an entire bouquet, basket, or spray on their own or support heavier flowers like lilies.

Irises - Purple iris and blue iris are often used as funeral flowers for soldiers as they convey respect, hope and faith. Irises may also fit in with a patriotic colour theme for the flower arrangement.

Hydrangeas - Hydrangeas are shaped like large pom-poms made up of smaller blossoms, making them perfect for floral arrangements. Their bulky shape makes them ideal for creating stand-up floral sprays, as well as wreaths and garlands.

One of the most important things besides deciding on florals for the arrangement are the colors of the flowers themselves. Each color represents something different so what you choose can make a huge difference.

Here are some color options to consider:

White - White is the traditional color of funeral flowers, as well as sympathy flowers. The color white evokes feelings of peace, innocence, and honor. White flowers are suitable for any funeral occasion.

Red - Red flowers indicate beauty, as well as strength. Red funeral flowers can add a touch of vibrancy to a funeral or visitation.

Pink - Pink flowers represent softness and sympathy. Pink is a respectful color option for sympathy flowers, as well as funeral flower arrangements.

Yellow - Vibrant yellow and orange flowers make people think of happy memories. They can be appropriate for a funeral if you want to make the occasion more of a celebration of life than a time of sadness.

Purple - Purple signifies respect and dignity, making it a perfect accent color for funeral flowers. You can pair it with white for a peaceful, soothing arrangement, or with pink for one that’s comforting and colorful.

Blue - Blue funeral flowers express deep condolences and mourning. At the same time, blue can symbolize your hopes for the future and well wishes for the family.

Now that you have what colors and flowers you may want to have, it’s time to determine what type of arrangement is best. Funeral flowers come in a variety of arrangements, and each one has a different use and purpose.

Keep in mind, the family members who plan and set up the funeral order some of these arrangements themselves. Funeral attendees should stick to other kinds of floral bouquets and baskets.

Standing sprays - A standing spray is a floral arrangement that stands upright, usually on a tripod. Standing sprays are reserved for the family or funeral home to order and set up themselves. They can be in the shape of a wreath, a more simple bouquet, or a symbol, like a cross. A funeral might feature standing sprays around the casket or at the entrance of the venue.

Casket spray - A casket spray is similar to a standing spray, but it lies on top of the casket, rather than standing up. The casket spray is also ordered by the family or the funeral home to choose the color, style, and variety.

Floor bouquet - A floor bouquet is a floral arrangement that a funeral guest can send to the family to display at the funeral. It’s usually a combination of flowers and greenery, and it sits on the floor (as the name suggests) among other floral gifts around the casket.

Funeral basket - A funeral basket is similar to a floor basket, but it’s often smaller and includes simple cut flowers. If you want to send a simple floral gift to a funeral, consider a funeral basket (also called a floral basket).

Live plants - Cut flowers aren’t the only option when it comes to funeral flowers anymore. While standing sprays, cut bouquets, and floral wreath arrangements were once the only options, many people now opt for living plants.

Wreaths and garlands - Flowers can be arranged into a circle to form a wreath, which the family might hang up at the funeral. Wreaths are often part of a standing spray. Garlands are similar to wreaths, but instead of wrapping around in a circle, a garland is a long, rope-like arrangement.

A garland might hang above the casket or even wrap around the casket. Like standing sprays, wreaths and garlands are reserved for the family to order themselves, and funeral guests shouldn’t send them as gifts.

If you are local and are needing floral shop recommendations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Roupp Funeral Home. We can help make the calls and the arrangements to get you the exact floral pieces you’re looking for.

Call us at 1-570-966-2402

If you’d like to make the arrangements on your own, please call one of our local floral shops:

Morning Glories Flower & Gift Shoppe

Address: 128 Main St, Watsontown, PA 17777

Phone: (570) 966-6311  

Stein’s Flowers & Gifts Inc

Address: 220 Market St, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: (570) 524-9933

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