Common types of flowers for funeral floral arrangements in Perth, Western Australia.

For funeral arrangements there is a certain standard of flowers commonly used. Instead of drawing from the thousands of species of flora, most Perth florists use a select few when creating bouquets and wreaths for the deceased. The reasons behind the chosen flowers are not just a matter of aesthetics. Associating meaning to funeral flowers has been a long time practice that was especially common during the Victorian era, where you could say a thousand words in just a small, carefully chosen floral arrangement or bouquet. The following in a short guide to the common types of flowers used in floral arrangements to convey your sympathy and often seen at funerals in Perth and the meanings behind them.

Roses for the departed carry much of the same meaning they did in life.

pall bearersRoses are one type of flower that almost everyone can identify the world over. They may not know specific breeds, but they know that it is a rose. A red rose for the one you love, be it romantically or in familial sense is one gesture that is recognized and written about in book and seen in movies all around the world. When it comes to the colours seen in funerals, there is a lot of similarity behind the meaning. Red roses are for those who were deeply loved and who lead a happy life, filled with passion for others and things they believed in. White stands for innocence and purity, often being seen in funerals for the younger departed, but still applicable to those of any age. Yellow roses remains a sign of friendship, including them into a funeral arrangement, or being offering to the casket as it is being interned is a sign of the giver’s enduring friendship towards the deceased. Some people also like to use yellow roses as an association to how bright and cheery the person’s life was. Combinations of different coloured roses, along with other flowers, are very common as a means to convey the general feelings, of the one who gives them, regarding the deceased.

Carnations are a popular alternative to roses.

Green CarnationsCarnation colouration carries fairly much the same meaning as the corresponding coloured rose. The big difference between choosing carnations, aside from pricing, is the fact that they last longer than roses and can be dyed to a wider variety of colours. The longevity and flexibility in colouration allows for even more uniquely expressive ways to convey feelings for the departed and to even be able to stand as monuments to the departed themselves. One example in particular is in using purple carnations for the arrangements, simply because that was the person’s favourite colour.

Stargazer, white, and peace lilies are the most common types of lilies used in funerals.

These three breeds of lilies are beautiful, pristine, and fragrant. The scent of them is one of the most commonly associated with funerals. Their large white petals set against deep emerald green foliage is almost a hallmark of funeral arrangements. They represent a sense of purity and grace in mourning. Peace lilies in particular are popular in Christian services as they bear many religious references in regards to death and resurrection. The correlation between the two is used to convey a sense of belief that the body has died but the spirit is reborn in heaven.

Gladioli are used in large displays and have a meaning beyond the colour.

White GladiolasAside from being a tall stem of flowers than can reach between three and five feet in length, which makes the excellent for use in fanning displays, they bear meanings that are static. They are used to represent sincerity, integrity, and an over all sense of genuinely strong character. Their elegant appearance is available in a large variety of colours, and no matter which is used, the meaning remains the same. Since they have such a strong and universal elegance, they are a common staple in large funeral arrangements.

Chrysanthemums are also common and vary in meaning by region.

Like gladioli, chrysanthemums are often found in funeral arrangements all over the world. Beyond their colours, it is more the location that determines the meaning behind their inclusion in an arrangement. In many European countries chrysanthemums are synonymous with death and only ever used at a funerals, regardless of the colour. This is particular true for countries such as Italy, France, and Spain. In Asian countries, such as Korea, China, and Japan, white chrysanthemums are one of the most common flowers used at funerals. For them, white is the colour of grieving and sorrow. Conversely, in places like the general United States, white chrysanthemums are used to symbolize positive thoughts about the departed, such as cheerfulness and purity.

Orchids are often sent to the family of the departed, but also make beautiful displays.

White flowering plantBeautiful and unique, when given to the living and the dead they are a statement of eternal love. For mourning purposes, florists tend to agree that pink and white are the better shades for expressing grief for a dearly departed. Giving the family, or surviving members, an orchid is a deeply personal give that says many things, including a symbol to say that the deceased was greatly loved and will be missed. Some funeral florists in Perth also feel that lighter shades of orchids can be good to help lighten the sorrow by providing a beautifully unique display at the service.

Tulips and Daffodils are also common flowers used to help lighten sorrows.

Their associations to Spring and time of rebirth are often used to be a representation of hope and joy. Using them in funeral arrangements is a good way to help focus on the more positive thoughts that there is always hope for the future and that death is not forever for the soul. They make great gifts for the family and those in mourning, aside from also creating beautiful wreaths and casket covers. Both are available in a wide range of colours, though white tulips are one of the most common colours used, whereas yellow daffodils remain the most popular when used.

Unique combinations of flowers in wreaths or silks.

wreath 1While it is still more common to make use of real flowers for the funeral service, many opt to use silk creations for the initial graveside display, when there is one. Some regions and cemeteries have rules regarding the use of non degradable arrangements and this has to taken into consideration when using them. Aside from silk flowers, unique and less traditional combinations are also used at times. Sunflowers and other bright, flowers are used at times to help lift spirits and convey the deceased’s own disposition. In some areas, death is viewed as a time to celebrate the person’s end to struggles and peace, which calls for more joyous displays of vibrant colours.

No matter what flower is used at a Perth funeral.

Whether only white roses are used to brighten the area and cover the casket in a sea of sorrowful reflection, or if a hundred different blooms create an intricate dedication to joy, flowers will always be used to convey emotions or sympathies or condolences. They are delicate creations by nature, which in part is why they are so synonymous with human emotions. In them we put a bit of ourselves and reflect upon our own fragile state. Their beauty and complexity mirror that found in the human spirit and serve to speak when grief replaces words with sobs.


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