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The Most Popular Funeral Flowers for Expressing Sympathy

Appropriate Flowers for Funeral

Funerals are among the most emotional times in anyone’s life, as family and friends of the deceased gather to say a final goodbye to their loved one. As you already know, flowers play a major role in funerals, which is why it’s so important to select appropriate flowers for a funeral ceremony.

At The Bouqs Co., we have considerable experience in providing lovingly handcrafted Bouqs to honor the deceased and help mourners through their difficult time.

Before we focus on each of the flowers one by one, here the most common and appropriate flowers for a funeral ceremony:

  • Carnations
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Lilies
  • Roses
  • Gladioli
  • Tulips
  • Orchids
  • Daffodils


The best flowers for funeral ceremonies are those that carry a weight of symbolism and meaning. To help guide you through your options for expressing sympathy with flowers, here’s a guide to what each of these flowers conveys on this difficult day.


Red carnations are connected with love and admiration, making them one of the most suitable flowers for funeral ceremonies. The deep red color evokes passion and sets a reflective mood. White carnations, on the other hand, are symbols of innocence and are the best choice if the person being remembered was quite young when they passed away.


Different parts of the world have different traditions when it comes to funeral arrangements and the flowers that accompany such occasions. Pacific Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan, and China view white chrysanthemums as being symbolic of mourning and grief. In Europe, they’re associated with death and are rarely found in bouquets outside of funerals.


One of the best flowers for funeral services, the lily has long been associated with the sad occasion of the death of a loved one. Historically lilies were associated with innocence, and in Christianity, the Virgin Mary’s tomb was said to have been covered with lilies. Thus, its symbolism at a funeral is that of  peaceful sleep and of returning to innocence.


Due to their variety of colors and soothing scent, roses can be used to create a very touching funeral Bouq. Of course, they are the flower of true love and are the most obvious way of displaying your emotion towards the deceased. Roses in dark crimson are especially suitable, as they are commonly linked with sorrow and loss.


The tall and upstanding gladioli are known to represent remembrance and integrity. They are very appropriate flowers for a funeral services of someone who was very involved with his or her civic duties and standing up for justice. If the loved one you’re remembering was a police officer, judge, or lawyer, you can’t go wrong with gladioli.


Another flower which comes in an array of colors and are very appropriate flowers for a funeral ceremony are tulips. Red tulips are considered a declaration of love, while tulips of all colors are associated with grace, symbolizing how easily the deceased walked the earth during their time.


For a female loved one who has passed away, orchids are especially poignant in a funeral bouquet, celebrating proud femininity and thoughtfulness. Traditionally, pink and white orchids are the best flowers for funeral services, as they show sympathy for the family and admiration for the deceased.


Especially if they are in season, daffodils are a very symbolic flower and can be quite fitting for a funeral. Since they’re associated with spring and rebirth, they’re a great choice if you want to celebrate a life rather than lament a death.


The death of a loved one can be extremely difficult emotionally. Although you may want to spend time selecting the best flowers for a funeral, your mind is understandably elsewhere. At The Bouqs Company, we know exactly how to say what you want through flowers and are happy to help in any way during such a trying time. We’ve been handcrafting meaningful funeral Bouqs for a long time, and our selection of sympathy flowers are as beautiful as they are meaningful.

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