What Types Of Flowers Are Appropriate For Funerals?
Customs and traditions usually vary based on families’ religion and ethnicity. It is important to inform the funeral director of any customs that you want to be followed during the funeral arrangements. For example, it is customary to receive flower arrangements during the wake but it is also allowed if the family requests for donations to charity instead of flowers.
It is customary for many cultures to send flowers as a sign of love and respect to grieving families. The natural beauty of flowers can easily provide comfort and warmth to the environment. Sending flowers to a wake is not mandatory although it is an expression of a sympathy and concern.
The most commonly used flower arrangement for wakes is the wreath which is a circular floral arrangement representing eternal life. Sometimes, family and friends will order flowers to be arranged in a basket or a vase to be placed near the casket. Flowers arranged in the form of a spray are usually requested by the immediate family to be placed on top of the casket.
All flowers are suitable to be ordered and delivered to the home of the deceased or at the funeral home. However, there are flowers are that more popularly used to express sympathy like carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies, roses, orchids or gladiolas. White lilies are very common in flower arrangements as well as white roses for peace. If the deceased has a favourite flower, you might as well follow the wishes.
On the other hand, it is also worth knowing if the culture or religion of the departed allows flowers. For example, Jewish laws require immediate burial meaning that flowers will be unnecessary. However, it is not forbidden. In Islamic funerals, you can send flowers but it is more common to place them on the graveside along with some greenery.
The funeral directors in Sydney always follow the families’ wishes and requirements when it comes to making funeral arrangements. They make sure to explain all the options in detail so that the family can make an informed decision. Funeral directors are sensitive to different cultures and beliefs in making funeral plans.