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Posted by conklyns on September 29, 2015 Uncategorized

Meanings of Funeral and Sympathy Flowers

sympathy flowersLosing a friend or loved one is a time of grieving and remembrance. Sending sympathy flowers is a way to mark the moment and honor the memory of the one who has been lost. While there are a number of flowers that are traditionally used for funeral and sympathy giving, each has its own nuances and meaning. The following is an overview of some of the most popular sympathy flowers and their meanings:


Lilies are one of the most popular sympathy flowers for a number of key reasons. Not only are they beautiful, stately and elegant; they also convey purity, rebirth and the radiance of the soul. The beautiful lily is often used around the Easter season to symbolize Christ’s rebirth, and this meaning can be extended to a loved one to show their spirit has transitioned to a better place.


Roses are another traditional funeral and sympathy flower choice, and they are available in a range of colors. Like the lily, they connote purity and spirituality, but most of all, roses convey love. Red or pink roses can indicate the loss of a romantic partner, while yellow or orange roses are appropriate for the loss of a dear friend. Violet and purple roses bring a spiritual dimension to an arrangement, while maroon or burgundy conveys thankfulness and gratitude for the person’s impact on your life.


The carnation’s delicate and detailed petals make it another popular choice in funeral and sympathy arrangements. Like the rose, meanings can vary depending upon the carnation color. White brings a spiritual dimension, red shows deep love and affection, while lighter pastel colors connote innocence and rebirth.

Orchids are less traditional than the other flowers discussed here, but they are growing in popularity as a sympathy flower. They are the perfect choice for someone who made a lasting impression on you and show that the one who’s been lost will never be forgotten.


Hydrangea is often used as an accent flower in funeral and sympathy arrangements. It can come in colors that range from pure white to blue and even pink. Hydrangea is believed to symbolize heartfelt feeling and emotion, making it perfect for a sympathy flower arrangement.

Sending sympathy flowers is a beautiful gesture to let a grieving friend or family member know you are thinking of them. Use these funeral flower guidelines to make the ideal choice, and contact Conklyn’s Flowers to place your funeral or sympathy flower order.