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Top 10 most used funeral flowers and their meanings by Adele Rae Florist

Top 10 most used funeral flowers and their meanings by Adele Rae Florist

What are funeral flowers and why are they important?

Funeral flowers are a traditional way to honor and pay tribute to a loved one who recently passed away. The funeral floral designs provide comfort and support to the grieving family and serve as a symbol of love, respect, and remembrance. Each flower we use in the funerals has its own meaning and significance, making the choice of funeral flowers a thoughtful and meaningful gesture. Adele Rae florists, funeral florist in Vancouver, Canada, shares with you a list of the most common flowers we use for funeral services and memorials.


Roses are a classic choice for a funeral service. Roses symbolize love, beauty, and respect. Red roses convey deep love and sorrow, while white roses represent purity and innocence. Yellow roses can be used to symbolize friendship and warmth. For many cultures roses have a deep meaning, for example in the Italian community, red roses with white flowers represent their culture.

Oriental Lilies

Lilies are often associated with funerals and are a symbol of the restored innocence of the soul of the deceased. White lilies are the most common choice for funeral arrangements and represent purity and peace, however depending on the gender, the soft pink lilies are a good choice as well. 


Carnations are a popular choice for funeral flowers arrangements due to their long-lasting nature. Carnations and mini-carnations symbolize love and admiration. Red carnations represent deep love and affection, while white carnations symbolize pure love and innocence. Pink carnations are also a very popular choice for funeral floral designs. 


Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are commonly used in funeral arrangements around the world. They symbolize loyalty, love, and honor. In some cultures, chrysanthemums are associated with death and are used exclusively for funerals. The colour we use will depend on the family choices, the most common will be white, but green, purple and pinks are a very popular choice as well.


Orchids blooms are elegant and exotic flowers that symbolize love, beauty, and strength. They are often used to convey sympathy and support to the grieving family. Orchids come in various colors, each with its own meaning, the one we use the most is the white orchids. There are many varieties we use in the funeral floral design, each variety has different features, but the most commonly used varieties are: dendrobiums, cymbidium and phalaenopsis orchids.


Gladioli are tall and majestic flowers that symbolize strength, integrity, and moral character. They are often used in funeral arrangements to convey respect and honor to the deceased. Gladiolus are widely use specially on Catholic funeral services, however gladioli is a seasonal flowers and in some countries could be hard to get.

Gerbera daisies

Gerbera flowers might be chosen for their vibrant and colourful appearance, which could serve as a celebration of the life that was lived rather than focusing solely on the sadness of the occasion. The good thing about this flower is that is a big blower so is budget friendly as it covers lots of areas that other flowers can't. There are many colours, but the ones that we use the most in funerals are white, pink and red.


Hydrangeas are delicate and beautiful flowers that symbolize heartfelt emotions and gratitude. They are often used to express appreciation and thankfulness for the life of the deceased. This is a beautiful flower, but not very long lasting, hydrangeas are heavy water drinkers, so a few hours without a constant water source will die.


Sunflowers are vibrant and cheerful flowers that symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity. They can bring a sense of warmth and positivity to a funeral service. This is a big flowers, and when it's in season the flower is very budget friendly, covers lots of area, has a very appealing look and will save some money.

Babies Breath

Babies breath is a commonly used flower in funeral services, but mainly is used as a filler flower for the condolence flower arrangement, it symbolized purity and it represents clouds in heaven. In spanish language is also known as "nubecita" meaning little clouds.

Choosing the right funeral flowers is a personal and meaningful decision. Adele Rae Florist understands the importance of honoring your loved ones with beautiful and thoughtfully arranged funeral flowers. We have a team of expert florists that can guide you in selecting the perfect flowers that convey your emotions and pay tribute to the life of your deceased loved one. We offer funeral flower delivery in Vancouver, Burnaby and most funeral homes, churches and burial parks in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. 

At Adele Rae Florists you can order as well custom funeral floral designs, if you have a special request, please contact us at 604-299-0585, or if you prefer, you can visit our flower shop in Burnaby, Canada, our floral shop is located at 4714 Hastings St., near the Brentwood area, close to Metrotown and East Vancouver. Our team of professional floral designers are ready to assist you in any of your funeral floral needs. Wether you need flowers for the coffin, a floral standing spray, funeral wreaths, crosses, funeral hearts or condolence flower arrangements, we have everything. We print our own ribbon to decorate our funeral floral designs.