A Quick Guide to Buying Funeral Flowers

At some point in every person’s life, they face losing someone they care about. They grieve and want to show the family that they care and are thinking of them during this time of loss.

Traditionally, people visit a funeral home or attend a funeral. But they also bring food to the family and send funeral flowers as a way of expressing their sympathy for the loss.

Often during a time of loss, people feel helpless and are looking for ways to show they care and are sending sympathy to those closest to the deceased. Of course, buying funeral flowers is a nice gesture and one you want to get right. Read on to learn more about buying funeral flowers.

Funeral Flower Etiquette

First, you want to pay attention to funeral flower etiquette. Most families will appreciate the gesture of flowers. You can send them to either the funeral home so they can be on display during the funeral proceedings. Some people opt to send sympathy flowers to the home after the funeral.

Some families might specifically request no flowers, in which case you should honor their request. Some cultures have traditions related to funerals and flowers too. For example, if sending flowers to a Buddhist funeral white flowers are acceptable, yet red ones are not.

Your florist can help answer questions regarding a specific funeral and what’s appropriate.

Choosing Flowers

There are no set rules for choosing flowers for a funeral arrangement. Often the size of the bouquet is more significant. Some suggest that the larger the bouquet signifies the closeness to the deceased.

Common funeral flowers include:

  • Lilies
  • Peace lilies
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Crimson roses
  • Orchids
  • Carnations

Of course, flowers can also have special symbolic meanings too. Ask your florist for available flowers and their meaning.

Types of Flower Arrangements

One decision when choosing funeral flowers is the type of arrangement you’ll want to send. There are some traditional types of funeral arrangements. Let’s take a closer look.

Standing Spray

A standing spray arrangement is a traditional funeral arrangement. They are nice to display on a stand or easel for the funeral viewing. They also can vary in size depending on your budget and flower choices.

Casket Wreath

Traditionally, a casket wreath or spray is placed directly on the casket. It is usually purchased by those closest to the deceased like immediate family. Sometimes, small floral wreaths are placed in or on the casket from someone special to the deceased.

Hearts and Crosses

Heart and cross bouquets are also traditional for funerals. They can be smaller than the floral sprays but symbolic. They can also be displayed on a stand or easel for the funeral.

Bouquets and Basket Arrangements

Many people opt for traditional bouquets or arrangements in baskets that the family could take home following the funeral. These can be personalized with mementos that the family can keep long after the funeral too.


Some mourners will choose to send a live plant instead of flowers. This gives the family something to have long after the funeral. Many florists can even add some sprigs of fresh flowers to the plant for the funeral.

Choosing the Funeral Flowers for Your Loved One

Choosing funeral flowers doesn’t have to be hard. You just want to express your sympathy to the family and let them know you’re sending your love and support.

If you need help with funeral planning, we can help. Be sure to visit our website for more information on how we can help you with your funeral planning needs.