We work alongside florists to provide fitting tributes to your loved ones. Call us to discuss your wishes and we will do all we can to help you.
Why are flowers traditional at funerals?
Flowers are traditionally associated with funerals as they provide a visual expression of love, sympathy, and respect. They are a way of showing your support to someone who is grieving but can also be a focal point during the ceremony. They can be made into elaborate displays or very simple bouquets; there is plenty of scope for personalisation. Some people like to choose a favourite flower or favourite colour scheme of the deceased for the flowers used during a funeral.
In addition to sending flowers to the funeral service, you can send flowers to the home of the bereaved after the service.
What you need to know about sympathy and funeral flowers
Floral tributes allow you to express emotions which are often difficult to put into words: sympathy, love and respect. Flowers represent our connection to those we’ve lost, while their warmth and vibrancy celebrates the life they lived.
Sympathy flowers are a way of letting someone know you are thinking of them while they grieve and go through a difficult time. These can be sent in order to decorate the funeral service, or simply as a sign of support to the bereaved.
Funeral flowers can provide a similar visual sign of support, but can also be used to decorate the coffin or area that the funeral is being held. There are some flowers that are more commonly used for sympathy and funerals. These include:
- Lilies — The lily is the flower most commonly associated with funeral services. White lilies express majesty and purity, whilst white stargazer lilies specifically symbolize sympathy.
- Gladioli — Available in a wide range of colours, gladioli flowers symbolise sincerity and strength of character.
- Carnations — Pink carnations stand for remembrance.
- Orchids — Pink or white orchids are the traditional colours for sympathy.
- Roses — Dark crimson roses are a mark of grief or sorrow. Yellow roses traditionally are given to symbolise strong ties or connection between friends of the deceased.
Do you have to pay for flowers that never arrived at a funeral?
If you want to send flowers, you may have them delivered to the funeral home or to the home of the family of the deceased. Most florists have funeral floral arrangements that you can choose from, but there is nothing wrong with sending a more personal arrangement of your choosing.
If the flowers do not arrive at the funeral, be sure to contact the florist or company you ordered them through – they may have been delivered to an incorrect address. You may also be able to opt for payment upon delivery, to avoid having to pay for flowers that do not arrive where or when you wish them to.
When should I send funeral or sympathy flowers?
You can send flowers to members of the family of the deceased at any time. If you are sending them to the funeral home, make sure they arrive as early as possible on the day of the funeral to ensure they will be received. You may want to contact the funeral home to find out their individual procedure for accepting and using flowers.
Flowers available within 24 hours
Our floral tributes can be arranged at short notice, although we do recommend that you allow at least 24 hours for delivery. If you need to place an order with a shorter delivery time, please get in touch – we’re available 24 hours a day and we’ll be happy to help if we can.
Traditionally the centrepiece of a funeral flower arrangement, our beautifully crafted casket and coffin sprays can be tailored to ensure they truly capture the essence of your loved one. We can also offer simpler, yet equally attractive sprays, to be sent as a mark of respect and sympathy to the bereaved.
The tasteful garland particularly lends itself to natural casket choices like willow, wicker or bamboo. The combination of beautiful roses and lush foliage is a particularly tender and touching tribute.
One of the most popular expressions of sympathy, these circular tributes have been sent to funerals for centuries by those wishing to show that they share in your loss. Whether you prefer an elegant and traditional wreath or something more contemporary, our florists will create the perfect arrangement.
A floral heart tribute is a truly personal statement, indicative of the love and affection felt for the deceased. Each of our designs features a variety of beautiful flowers, wordlessly conveying their own sincere message.
A significant gesture of love, our large letters can be arranged to form any word or name. They are a bold visual representation of your relationship to the deceased and will usually form the magnificent centrepiece for a funeral display.
Posies and baskets
Our posies and baskets are expertly crafted, and our pretty designs are available in a variety of colours. These charming displays are ideal for expressing your condolences and we often see them adding quiet warmth at a funeral, although we can send them directly to the bereaved as a thoughtful gift.
The ultimate reflection of an individual, our special tributes allow you to symbolise cherished memories or favourite hobbies of the departed with flowers. Our beautiful cushions and pillows symbolise the hope that they will find comfort in their final resting place.
If faith was important to your loved one, you may want to think about a tribute that reflects and honours their beliefs. We know every religion follows its own traditions and customs after the death of a loved one. Our expert florists can help create the perfect arrangement to suit.