Funeral Flowers

When you are choosing the flowers for a funeral, of course, you’ll wish to choose an arrangement that perfectly tells the story of the relationship you have with your loved one.

This is why it is important to understand the true meaning of the flowers you choose. Eulogising a friend or a loved one in the meaning of the flowers you choose is a long-running tradition in the UK.

However, when it comes to making that all-important decision of what flowers you choose for the funeral, should you not have any knowledge of flowers, you’ll likely feel like you’re at a complete loss.

This is why we have put together the below guide with The Elms Funeral Directors, leading experts in Funerals Weston Super Mare, to help make understanding the meanings of popular funeral flowers that bit easier to help create the most fitting tribute.

Popular Funeral Flowers

When you start looking for the right funeral flowers, you’ll likely find many options available to you. Some of the most popular include;


The lily is a hugely popular flower that is suitable for virtually any occasion. They hold a wide range of different meanings, however, they most commonly symbolise restored innocence.

The most popular lily sub-breed is the white stargazer, especially for funerals.


Gladioli is a flower that can grow up to 4 feet tall, and compose of a stem with multiple flowers. A classic choice for funerals, the Gladioli conveys strength of character and moral integrity. They are also available in a huge range of colours.


Another popular funeral flower is the carnation. This is because they keep for a long time.

Pink carnations will represent remembrance and white will represent pure love, making them both extremely popular choices for funerals.


In many european countries, such as Spain, France, Poland and Hungary, Chrysanthemums are used solely as funeral flowers.

What’s more, in Asia they represent grief, whilst in the United States, they are seen to represent truth.

Regardless of what they symbolise, without a doubt Chrysanthemums are believed to be positive and cheerful tributes to loved ones.


Without a doubt, Roses are one of the most versatile flowers available. This is because each colour has its own meaning;

  • White: humility and innocence,

  • Red: love and respect,

  • Pink: love and appreciation,

  • Dark Crimson: sorrow,

  • Yellow: strong ties.

Peace Lily

A peace lily will represent peace, harmony and innocence after death.

Christians believe that white peace lilies are a symbol of the Virgin Mary, and these flowers are often associated with the Easter holiday and given to those who lose loved ones over this period.


Hydrangea plants are not necessarily associated with funerals, however, they are very common gifts of thanks.

These plants will bloom for many years and will be very easy to maintain, therefore making them a beautiful gift to send to a grieving family.

Daffodils and Tulips

Daffodils and tulips are a good symbol of fresh starts and they are often believed to bring hope to those experiencing difficult times.

Like roses, tulips are available in a huge range of colours, each holding its own specific meaning;

  • Yellow: cheerfulness,

  • White: forgiveness,

  • Red: love.

When you give flowers, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a thoughtful note in the arrangement. In that note, show support in a tasteful way. Whatever thoughtful sentiments you offer, your loved ones will appreciate you helping them to deal with their loss.