Funeral homes in Ferndale, WA will receive flowers for every funeral they conduct. Flowers are an embedded part of funerals because they help express feelings of loss, sympathy, comfort and support for the deceased person and for their bereaved family.
There are traditional norms for picking out flowers to send to a funeral. Flowers can be encouraging symbols of beauty and hope, as well as comforting symbols of support for a family who has lost a loved one.
In funeral traditions, it is the family of the deceased that provides the flower spray that will sit atop the casket. The spray will include flowers that have the deceased’s favorite color or were their favorite kind of flower. Extended family members, such as aunts, uncles, and cousins provide standing floral sprays. These are flowers that are place on stands and which adorn the area around the stage or podium where the funeral service activities are centered.
Less formal flower arrangements or plants are given by distant family members and friends of the deceased. These can be sent to the funeral home, or they can be sent to the home of the bereaved.
Social and business acquaintances of the deceased may also send simple flower arrangements or flowering plants to the family home. Some businesses may give sympathy flowers to their employee who has lost a loved one. Most of the time, these are sent to the employee’s home. However, they may also be given to the employee when they return to work.
White lilies, a very traditional funeral flower, symbolize sweetness, restored innocence, and purity.
Roses symbolize a close relationship that includes deep care and affection. Love is symbolized by red roses, and the meaning for funerals is the continuation of love, not only for the deceased, but for their family. The number of red roses can also have symbolism in funerals: wives, mothers, and grandmothers are honored with bouquet of six red roses.
White roses sent to a funeral symbolized the purity of the heart and soul of the deceased. If nine white roses are sent, this represents a declaration of love for the person who died.
Pink roses symbolize that the deceased was respected, honored, and appreciated, and gracious.
Black roses are used to symbolize death and mourning. Since black is traditionally worn in Western funerals, it follows that black roses would be included among the flowers sent to funerals.
Yellow roses symbolize unbreakable bonds. Traditionally, the closest friends of the person who died send yellow roses to symbolize their forever bond in both life and death.
Rosemary is also a funeral flower that is traditional. Not only does it have a pleasant fragrance that can perfume a bouquet, but it also is the symbol for always remember the person who has died.
Pink carnations, another traditional funeral flower, symbolizes that the deceased’s memory will never die.
Orchids, another popular choice for funeral flowers, symbolize grace, soundness, loveliness, virtuousness, and eternal love.
Ivy a traditional plant that is frequently found in funeral flower arrangements and at gravesites. It symbolizes friendship, devotion, allegiance, and faithfulness.
The card that is sent with the flowers or plant should be a short message of sympathy, accompanied by the person’s first and last name.
For additional information about flowers at funeral homes, our compassionate and experienced team at Moles Farewell Tributes & Crematory – Greenacres Memorial Park is here to help. We also serve the areas of Bellingham, Ferndale and Mount Vernon, WA. You can visit our funeral home at 5700 Northwest Dr., Ferndale, WA 98248, or you can call us today at (360) 384-3401.