Choosing Flowers for Memorial Arrangements

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When planning a funeral, you want all the details to be just right, including the floral arrangements. But without knowing the meaning behind certain flowers and types of arrangements, it can be difficult to know just what type of flowers to choose. Keep reading to learn more about choosing the best, most appropriate flowers for memorial arrangements:

Religious Faith

If you are planning a Christian funeral, the selection of flowers you choose will most likely not be narrowed down by any religious funeral traditions. Flowers of all types and colors have been used to remember the lives of Christians after they have passed. In many East Asian religious traditions, white lilies are the standard for floral arrangements at funerals. Jews of certain orientations, Sikhs, and those affiliated with several other religions do not use flowers to commemorate the dead.


To further narrow down the selection of flowers you are choosing from, consider the age of the person you have lost. If he or she was elderly, you may want to choose classic colors, such as white or red, and arrange them in a traditional manner. A floral arrangement in the shape of a pillow represents wishes for peaceful eternal rest and a heart-shaped arrangement is a great way to signify your love for the deceased. For a young person, it may be more appropriate to have the flowers arranged in the shape of a teddy bear, a cartoon character, or a favorite bear.


Before making your decision, reflect on the personality of the person whose memorial arrangement you are selecting. Was he or she a traditionalist or a trendsetter? If your loved one lived his or her life serving others, you may even want to consider donating the money you would otherwise spend on a floral arrangement and request that guests make charitable donations rather than gift flowers as well.

Are you looking for a San Mateo funeral home with a reputation for care and dedication to help you plan your loved one’s funeral and memorial service? At Skylawn Memorial Park, we can help you with every step, including floral arrangement referrals. To speak with a caring and compassionate member of our team, call (650) 349-4411.

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