A Guide To Seasonal Funeral Flowers

A Guide To Seasonal Funeral Flowers

During the difficult aftermath of losing a loved one, flowers are a uniquely beautiful way of expressing our sympathies, love and loss. As symbols of our feelings and memories, they’re an important part of funeral arrangements.

When arranging a funeral service, many of us default to traditional funeral flowers or our loved one’s favourite bloom - if it’s known. But opting for seasonal funeral flowers tends to be not only easier and more affordable, but also adds a special, poignant touch of nature to the service.

 

A Guide To Seasonal Funeral Flowers

 

Spring

It’s no surprise that spring is a great season for flowers. To start with one of the most common funeral choices, lilies – particularly white lilies – represent sympathy and the newfound innocence of the soul of the deceased. While many lily varieties are available all year round, the goddess lily, lily of the valley, Callia lillies and the Amaryllis lily are all spring bloomers.

Another traditional funeral flower, the ever-iconic rose, is similarly associated with love, respect and, for yellow roses at least, friendship. They’re also a popular flower available all year round but some varieties – such as David Austin roses – bloom in October through to April.

 

Summer

Summer tends to bring brighter flowers, making these blooms a natural choice for sending off those with colourful personalities. For instance, though sunflowers are not a classic funeral flower, they can work well as symbols of adoration, loyalty and power. For those with the right temperament, a sunflower can help create a more uplifting, optimistic atmosphere even on this most challenging of days.

The beautiful statice flower, commonly found in dried flower arrangements, is another less traditional choice nonetheless perfect for funerals, as it represents sympathy and remembrance. Blooming in summer, the statice comes in white, lavender and pink colours and is well paired with white lilies and roses in funeral wreaths.

The elegant white tuberose blooms from December to February and again in August to September and is used as a funeral flower around the world. It’s commonly seen as part of a casket spray, whether on its own in a pure white ensemble or paired with pinks and purples.

 

Autumn

Autumn offers a variety of traditional funeral flowers and more unusual options. For starters, the stunning violet – representing love and faithfulness, and purity for white violets – is rarely seen at funerals but is a beautiful addition to a basket bouquet. The striking dainty shape and colour patterns of the iris (blooming from May to October) also works well in funeral wreaths and bouquets alike.

Blooming between March and November, the stock is a hidden gem of a flower, with a delicate scent reminiscent of cinnamon and clove. Most commonly seen in its cream and white colourings, this flower is typically associated with happiness and contentment, but it also represents spiritual purity.

Then there is the poppy. In bloom from April to August, the red poppy’s distinctive shape, bright colour and historical links with World War One make it deeply resonant for military funerals, where it is often handed out as a single stem and worn on guests’ lapels as a sign of respect.

 

Winter

The uplifting yellow daffodil is on offer at many florists all year round, but at their most readily available and affordable from June to September. Though not a standard funeral flower, in representing new hope and life, they offer a more positive touch to a funeral ceremony. However, they don’t mix well with other blooms so are best showcased alone in funeral arrangements.

Similar yet smaller, the pretty jonquil is another popular winter flower with a beautiful fragrance. Despite blooming in warm tones of yellow, orange and white, jonquils represent sympathy toward someone in a difficult situation – marking a thoughtful funeral floral tribute.

At the other end of the colour spectrum, the large-flowered blue, pink, purple or white hyacinth is a classic funeral flower for a reason: it is used to express deep sorrow. In season between April and October, they’re a beautiful and evocative option well suited to a funeral standing spray arrangement.

 

Whatever time of year we must sadly say goodbye to a loved one, flowers in all their varieties and arrangements can play an important part in any funeral. They express sympathies, love and respect for the dearly departed, but also help those of us in mourning feel happier, at peace and more connected with our loved ones around us. To assist you to plan a personalised funeral service befitting your loved one, download your copy of the Funeral Planning Checklist below.

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“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

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Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
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