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The 6 Most Popular Flowers for Funerals - Traditional Colors, and Their Meanings

A beautiful selection of pastel-colored roses, lilies, carnations and chrysanthemums adorn a light-colored casket at a religious ceremony.

Navigating the selection of funeral flowers for a departed family member or friend can be a daunting task amidst the myriad of options available. Understanding the significance behind each bloom ensures that you honor your loved one in the most fitting manner. Here, we present guidance to our most sought-after funeral flowers and the sentiments they convey


A funeral wreath of pink carnations rests besides a tree at a gravesite, representing tender remembrance

Carnations (White or Pink)

White carnations represent pure love and innocence, while pink carnations symbolize remembrance and gratitude. Their longevity makes them ideal for services spanning multiple days. A white carnation embodies purity and innocence, while pink carnations evoke tender thoughts of remembrance.


A heart-shaped funeral wreath filled with white chrysanthemums evokes reverence and grief.

Chrysanthemums (White or Yellow)

White chrysanthemums symbolize truth and loyalty, while yellow chrysanthemums represent friendship and sympathy. Chrysanthemums, or mums, hold special significance for families with roots in Europe or Asia. In cultures like China, Korea, and Japan, white chrysanthemums serve as poignant symbols of grief and reverence.


Colorful gladioli sit on a workbench. Gladioli embodying strength and character..

Gladioli (Various Colors)

Gladioli symbolize strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity, making them a poignant choice for funeral arrangements.  These flowers carry a message of strength and fortitude



White lilies rest besides white candles at a funeral, symbolizing purity and renewal.

Lilies (White)

Symbolize purity, innocence, and the soul's restored innocence after death. White lilies, particularly, resonate well in faith-based or religious services, representing purity and spiritual renewal.





3 white orchid flowers on a grey background - part of a heartfelt funeral tribute.

Orchids (Various Colors)

Orchids convey sentiments of eternal love, beauty, and strength, offering a sophisticated and elegant touch to funeral floral arrangements. A pink, purple, or white orchid plant conveys heartfelt sympathy, encapsulating the sentiment of ever-lasting love.



Red roses adorn a silver coffin, conveying deep love and respect.

Roses (Red or White)

Red roses signify love and respect, while white roses symbolize purity, reverence, and remembrance. Roses serve as universal symbols of love and remembrance, making them ideal for funeral tributes.


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