Leaving flowers on a grave site is an act of remembrance and respect of the deceased. It also helps to ease the pain of the living left behind. Flowers that are fitting to leave on a grave site may be chosen for meaning, colour or be the favourite flower of the deceased loved one.
Artificial flowers created from silk or other fabrics are a suitable choice for graves, as they can withstand the weather and last longer than live-cut flowers. Artificial flowers are flexible, easily positioned and are available in bright colours and combinations. Synthetic flowers are a common choice because they are less expensive than regularly purchasing fresh cut flowers.
Roses beauty and grace to a grave site. According to The Flower Expert, red roses represent love, devotion and convey deep emotion. White roses represent purity and innocence. Pink roses represent admiration, joy and gratitude. Roses also come in the colours orange and yellow, which add additional colour and meaning to a personalised bouquet of assorted flowers.
According to Flower Info online, violets are a flower that represents reverence for the dead. Violets are a symbol of peace, spirituality and imagination. The purple hues of violets are majestic and add a touch of beauty and class to grave sites. Violets also have a nice light scent, and are useful in foods and perfumes.
Carnations are typically attributed to mothers. However, the flowers known as carnations hold many various meanings. White carnations signify purity, faithfulness, charity, beauty and love, which are qualities that can symbolise the memory of a deceased loved one.
Forget-me-not flowers have varied stories relating to messages of either Christ or a lover. Forget-me-not flowers are light and blue in appearance and are a sweet, yet peaceful flower. They remind the living to never forget loved ones who have passed away. Forget-me-not flowers are also a fitting choice for fallen soldiers and veterans.
Exotic flowers, such as Birds of Paradise, orchids or spider lilies make colourful additions to graves. Opting to choose flowers not for meaning, but their attractive colour makes the floral arrangement stand out and creates a sense of vibrant energy. Bright colours can help those in mourning and remembrance of the dead to engage in a lighter mood, contributing to an uplifting atmosphere of typically solemn graveyards.
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