How to Choose Flowers for a Funeral

How to Choose Flowers for a Funeral

The end of life is celebrated differently based on cultural and personal preferences, but one common thread is the use of flowers. Whether it's a standing spray or a single stem placed next to a casket or urn, choosing the right flowers for a funeral can be essential to memorial planning.

It might contribute to the overall tone and theme of the memorial service and serve as a personal way to show love and respect for the person who has passed. But with so many options and considerations, where do you even begin?

Think about the relationship

First and foremost, think about the relationship you have with the deceased. Are you a spouse or a child? A close friend or a distant relative? This can help determine the level of personalization and sentiment you want to convey through your flower selection. 

You can also incorporate the deceased's favorite flower or a bloom that holds special meaning to your relationship with them.

Color symbolism

The color of the flowers can also hold significance and convey specific emotions. For example, red roses symbolize love and passion, while white lilies represent purity and innocence. Cultural or religious connotations may also be associated with specific colors, so it's important to be aware and respectful of those associations.

Seasonal availability

Availability may also play a role in your flower selection, as some blooms may only be in season during certain times of the year. It can impact both cost and overall aesthetic, so consider working with your florist to find a beautiful and fitting flower that is also readily available.

Matching with the casket or urn

A big part of funeral flower arrangements is coordinating with the casket or urn on display.

This can be as simple as choosing complementary colors or matching the flowers to any personalized designs on the casket or urn. You can also select shapes and sizes that complement the overall presentation, such as a tall standing spray next to an elevated casket or a small bouquet next to a smaller urn.

Remember that you don't want to over-crowd or overwhelm the display, so it's crucial to strike a balance. Allow the focus to remain on honoring the person who has passed.

Choose a florist or delivery service

When it comes time to purchase and arrange the flowers, you have a few options. Many funeral homes have their own florists on staff, or they can recommend local businesses. You can also work with a national delivery service. Whichever route you choose, communicate your thoughts promptly and clearly to ensure a successful end result.

Consider the type of funeral

Finally, think about the overall tone and style of the funeral. Is it a traditional, formal service? A small, intimate gathering? A celebration of life? The type of event can also determine the types of flowers you choose. 

For example, a bright and vibrant wildflower bouquet may be more fitting for a celebration of life, while religious symbols like crosses made out of white lilies may be more appropriate for a traditional religious service.


Choosing flowers for a funeral might be the last thing on your mind during such a difficult time, but it's something you have to do. By considering the above factors and working with a florist, you can honor the deceased with a beautiful and fitting flower arrangement.

If you're still looking for an urn to accompany your floral arrangements, let us take some of the stress off your shoulders. Check out our selection at Oaktree Memorials, where you can find various styles and personalized options.

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