Sympathy Flowers and What They Mean

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, July 31, 2023

Funeral flowers are sent to convey love and sympathy for the departed and their family. But, each flower in an arrangement carries its own special meaning. Different flowers bring a unique look and symbolism to the bouquet or arrangement. This article will explore some of the more popular flowers used in funeral arrangements, and what they represent. 


Roses are an iconic symbol of love. However, each color of rose has a deeper meaning still. A classic red rose symbolizes respect, courage, and passion. White roses represent purity and reverence. Pink roses symbolize admiration and elegance. Yellow represents caring, friendship, and joy; and are often sent by grandchildren and close friends. Peach roses are a symbol of sincerity, gratitude, and appreciation. While there are other colors of roses, these are the ones that are most often used in floral arrangements.


The Lily is a flower that represents renewal and rebirth. Lilies offer love and hope to the grieving family. White lilies also symbolize purity and youth, so they are good flowers to send when a young person passes.


Carnations express love and the beauty of life. They are especially important in Christian services, as carnations are often used to honor the life of someone who walked with Christ. Carnations are also used to represent motherhood and are often sent to honor those who were good mothers. 


The Gladiolus symbolizes strength, integrity, and good character. They show what a wonderful person the deceased was, and encourage the grieving family to persevere. This flower shows your compassion during difficult times, and a desire to help the grieving family.


As the name suggests, forget-me-nots are a symbol of remembrance. The blue and purple flowers stand together and remind the grieving family that the deceased will live on in our memories.


Orchids symbolize hope, peace, and love. These flowers are often sent as potted plants but can make a beautiful addition to a flower arrangement.


Lavender is a flower that signifies grace, devotion, and purity. Their color also represents majesty and deep admiration. 


The purple Hyacinth is sent as a symbol of sorrow and regret. This flower shows that you acknowledge their grief and that you care for them.

For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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