Pick Perfect Funeral Flowers

Posted on April 7, 2017 by Manny Godoy under Azusa, Funeral Flowers, Funerals, Glendora, Memorials
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April showers bring May flowers. So, we want to dedicate our April blog post to an important element in any funeral or memorial service: flowers. Although it’s trendy to ask grievers to donate “in lieu of flowers,” that instruction usually applies to flower home delivery instead of floral arrangements for the service, such as bouquets and sprays. These remain an important element in most memorials. So how do you select the perfect blooms to celebrate your loved one’s life?

Funeral Flower Types

  • Altar Flowers
  • Casket Sprays
  • Wreaths
  • Casket Lid Swags
  • Decorative Arrangements
  • Live Plants

Popular Funeral Flowers

We try to encourage mourners to celebrate the deceased the same way he or she lived life. And it only makes sense to choose flowers that have special meaning to you or your loved one. For instance, if the deceased loved the great outdoors, consider ordering baskets of rustic wildflowers. If she always wore yellow, select daisies, sunflowers or daffodils. Was your loved one into gardening? If so, stick with live plants, as potted plants symbolize life. Purchasing these for a funeral subtly suggests that your loved one’s legacy will live on.

Funeral Flowers with Meaning

Before ordering funeral flowers, check out the meaning of a few popular blooms, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. If your florist doesn’t carry herbs, ask if they’ll include the stems that you provide. For example, rosemary, which is available in most home improvement and grocery stores, is not only fragrant and affordable, but symbolizes remembrance –  so it’s appropriate for funerals and memorials.


  • Red: heartache, admiration
  • White: innocence, pure love
  • Pink: I’ll never forget you
  • Chamomile: patience


  • Blue: constancy of love
  • Purple: forgiveness
  • White: loveliness, prayers for someone


  • Coral: friendship, modesty, sympathy
  • Dark Red: unconscious beauty
  • Hybrid tea variety: I’ll remember you
  • Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
  • Orange: desire and enthusiasm
  • Pink: grace, happiness, gentility, beauty
  • White: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
  • Yellow: joy, friendship, promise of a new beginning


Red: declaration of love

Yellow: sunshine in a smile

Other Varieties:

Apple Blossom: better things to come

Daffodil: high regard

Daisy: innocence, hope

Edelweiss: courage, devotion

Fern: sincerity

Geranium: true friendship

Goldenrod: encouragement

Honeysuckle: bonds of love

Iris: a message

Ivy: eternal fidelity

Jasmine: sweet love

Lavender: devotion, virtue

Lemon Balm: sympathy

Lilac: joy of youth

Lily of the Valley: return of happiness

Lotus Flower: purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, rebirth

Morning Glory: affection

Oak: strength

Pansy: thoughts

Peony: happy life, happy marriage

Rosemary: remembrance

Sage: wisdom, immortality

Sorrel: affection

Thyme: courage, strength

Willow: sadness

Zinnia: thoughts of absent friends

Funeral Flower Colors

Apart from flowers having meaning, your mortuary director may suggest you carefully consider the meaning behind the colors of flowers you choose. For instance, white flowers represent peace and reverence. Choose blue to communicate comfort and calm. Try to avoid green flowers, since these celebrate health and good fortune, which is probably not appropriate for a remembrance.

Additional Color Meaning:

Black: power, elegance, death

Brown: masculinity

Gold: illumination, wisdom and wealth

Orange: joy and sunshine

Purple: nostalgia and royalty

Red: passion and love

Yellow: joy, happiness, intellect, energy

For client convenience, Foothill Funeral & Cremation works directly with the online florist, The Sympathy Store, by Life Tributes. Click here to order through them. Or, better yet, call or stop by the FFC office and order directly through us. We have teamed up with Grand Florist and informally, with Glendora Florist. If you opt to use a different florist, provide them with information about the deceased, including the name and the date, time, and location of the funeral service.

Mortuary Tips

Before placing your order, decide where you want the flowers to be sent. While most floral arrangements can be delivered directly to the funeral home of your choice, you may wish to send flowers to the family home.

Foothill Funeral & Cremation is one of very few funeral homes that are certified by the Green Burial Council. Located at 402 West Baseline in Glendora, Foothill Funeral & Cremation proudly serves the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. With years of experience in the mortuary industry, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

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