Flowers, floral motifs and botanic themes are a crucial part of the funeral proceedings, imbuing the service and surroundings with a visual beauty and symbolic significance that helps to create a serene and respectful atmosphere in more difficult times.
Flowers can also act as an appropriate gesture of sympathy to friends and family, but the meanings behind them run a lot deeper, with individual flowers each conveying unique connotations within the funeral context.
Our selection of floral suites and designs are some of the most popular stationery we have on offer, and at Songbird, we thought we'd take a closer look at the significance of flowers at funerals.
White magnolia flowers signify dignity, nobility and perseverance. They are a stunning combination of delicacy and strength due to their subdued colour and large petals.
Perhaps one of the best-loved and most recognisable flowers out there - Roses are said to have various meanings depending on the colour: "White roses evoke reverence, humility, innocence, and youthfulness. Red roses convey respect, love, and courage. Pink roses signify love, grace, appreciation and gentility. Dark crimson roses denote grief and sorrow. Yellow roses are given by friends of the deceased to symbolize their strong ties. When you include a single rose in a bouquet it expresses enduring love for the deceased."(Information: Teleflora)
An orchid represents enduring adoration. Quite simply, they help you to say 'I will always love you'. Pink and white are the most suitable and traditional colours when conveying a gesture of sympathy.
Lilies are flowers that are most strongly connected to funeral services, symbolising innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed while white stargazer lilies symbolise sympathy. We are currently designing a new stationery range featuring lilies which we hope will bring an added sense of reflection and comfort at this difficult time.
Hydrangeas are resilient plants that can flourish in almost any soil -blooming for many years to help encapsulate the unfading memory of a loved one. Traditionally given as a gift of gratitude and heartfelt sincerity, a hydrangea plant would make a thoughtful offering to a family in mourning.
For the sixth and final flower in this short series, we bring you the bright and beautiful Camellia flower. Pink or red camellia flowers traditionally convey gratitude as well as mean purity, but they can also represent the love between mother and child, in addition to being funeral flowers used in morning.
We hope you've enjoyed taking a closer look at the meanings of various flowers - there are many we haven't covered yet so we'll be back with more later in the year...
In the meantime, here are a few more of our favourite floral funeral suites for you to look at.
Personalised Sunflower Funeral Suite
Our sunflower design helps celebrate the life of a loved one in the most open and literal way possible, offering hope and the possibility of positivity during difficult times.
Pastel Floral Flowers Suite
If you're after something more subtle and muted but still want to keep things floral, our pastel flowers offer a more reflective and thoughtful approach to your stationery.
Pink Modern Floral Suite
This simple contemporary suite moves away from the more ornate and overly embellished floral designs in favour or something more effortlessly beautiful and low key.
Vintage Botanical Floral Flowers Suite
This more classically inspired suite features a natural design, filled with an arrangement flourishing blooms that will fit respectfully into the service you're planning.