Why are Flowers a Common Choice at Funerals

By: Les Fee
Friday, September 9, 2016

The tradition of flowers at a funeral ceremony dates back close 62,000 years ago. Across varies cultures and generations, flowers still hold the same meaning as a farewell gesture for the deceased. It is one of the most common traditions associated with funeral ceremonies. There are several different symbolic meanings behind flower choice and colour. For example; yellow roses are symbolic of friendship, pink is associated with remembrance, red roses are emblematic of love, while white is representative of rebirth. Flowers can express a multitude of emotions and relationships.


Why do we Give Flowers?

Earlier in history, flowers were used to cover up the odor of decaying bodies before the historical evolution of the embalming process. They would cover odors and bring warmth and life to the ceremony. The room full of flowers filled the tense atmosphere with positive aromatic warmth. Whilst the flowers, physically brought beauty and life to the funeral ceremony.

Other than the physical difference that flowers bring to a ceremony, there are many symbolic reasons to gift flowers. Flowers are a way to express sympathy and support for the family of the deceased. Principally, flowers are a gesture with many meanings; they piece together the words that we may not be able to express accurately during a time of many emotions.


Life and Death with Flowers

Flowers are representative of the circle of life and a reminder that all living matters eventually come to an end. Flowers are grown, live, reproduce then eventfully die, serving as a beautiful reminder that everything has a life cycle.

Whether you are able to attend the funeral ceremony or not, flowers are a great choice to express your support and feelings to the bereaved.


If you have any further questions, or would like to speak about this topic further you can contact, Fee & Sons Funeral Home and Crematorium, here.

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