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Ideas for Selecting the Right Symbols for Your Loved Ones Funeral
Funeral flowers are a significant part of any memorial service, and there is some interesting tradition and history behind their use as component to a funeral. Here is a brief guide to selecting just the right flowers for a special memorial service for your loved one.
Historically, different flowers have symbolized different things. So too could it be for your funeral flowers as you highlight different aspects of your loved one’s endearing personality. Before you make up your mind completely, you may want to talk to a local florist about arrangements for funeral flowers. You should not have too much to worry about here as a sizeable portion of their business likely comes from funerals and weddings. Most any florist will be able to give you excellent expert advice. Here, though, are some ideas to help you get started.
Perhaps your husband or wife died. Choosing roses or agapanthuses as your funeral flowers could symbolize your undying love for him or her. Their fragrance likewise can symbolize the fragrance of his or her personality, and how alluring it was. This can also be coupled with an asparagus fern, which symbolizes fascination, or your continued fascination for the man or woman that you knew. Ivy and acacia are both often used to symbolize purity, so choosing ivies as your funeral flowers will show just how pure your loved one’s heart was, never corrupted by the world’s influence.
Perhaps your loved one gave his or her life, or at least a great deal of it in the service of America. Choosing American Elms for your funeral flowers is a great way of recognizing and honoring that service. Perhaps these could also be complimented with such other funeral flowers as an alyssum which often symbolizes beauty of heart, an amaryllis, which often represents pride, or ash tree, which reflects grandeur. If you wish to show just what sadness you have in your heart over the departure of your loved one, you might consider as your funeral flowers a combination of lilies, such as chrysanthemums, snap dragons, and gladioli. This will surely show your audience that you have lost someone near and dear to your heart.
In the end, it is likely that you will decide on some combination of different types of funeral flowers to symbolize the different aspects of your loved one’s endearing personality. Choosing variations of any of these funeral flowers is sure to lead to a beautiful combination.
Once you decide which funeral flowers to choose from, you can then move on to the equally important matter of where you will place them. There is no hard and fast answer to this, and funeral flowers can be placed in different areas depending on where you live. In general however, it is a good rule of thumb to place smaller flowers, such as the chrysanthemums inside of the casket, larger ones, such as roses on top of it, and ones that are in the shape of a teardrop (generally larger lilies) on each side of the casket.
It is always a lovely idea to have a circular wreath of funeral flowers beside the casket as well. It is the icing on the cake, and somehow it even manages to make the casket itself look like a thing of beauty. Some will place the funeral flowers in a glass vase, and in many areas, this is probably acceptable. However, if it is at a funeral home, they sometimes have been known to have a problem with this, so you will want to check with the director. If your funeral is at a church or other religious establishment, it is less likely that this will be an issue.
Some might think that if you decide to go with cremation it means that funeral flowers do not fit. This however does not have to be the case. Many who decide on cremation will likewise also have flowers for the ceremony. As the flowers symbolize aspects of your loved one’s character and personality, it is in no way incongruous that the body has been cremated. Additionally, if the urn has a floral pattern or design, which is often seen on a cloisonne cremation ash vessel, the flowers can be selected to emphasize that trait of the urn, and can even be a way of coordinating new traditions with old.
In the end, funeral flowers symbolize the many beautiful aspects of your loved one’s heart, so in order to best represent that; you might even consider explaining in the leaflet what different funeral flowers represent. This will help your audience to understand your loved one better, and they will no doubt read what you have written intently.