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Flowers for Chinese Funerals

Updated April 17, 2017

As with cultures all over the world, the Chinese people have special customs for funeral services. Giving flowers in the event of a death is perfectly acceptable in Chinese culture; however, red flowers should never be sent for a funeral. White flowers are most often sent to family members of the deceased, and a white/yellow combination is very popular at a Chinese funeral. There are several types of flowers that are acceptable for Chinese funerals.

Chrysanthemums

Yellow and white chrysanthemums are a popular flower arrangement in Chinese funerals. This flower comes in several different forms such as daisy-like, decorative, pom-poms and buttons. They are a tropical Asian flower used often in this Asian culture.

Roses

One of the most popular flowers in the world, the rose comes in many variations and colours. Roses have been used in funerals as far back as ancient Egypt where they were made into wreaths, which is still a popular flower arrangement of today. In Chinese culture, the history of the rose goes as far back as Confucius when he said that the Imperial library was full of books on roses in the years 551 B.C. to 479 B.C.

Lilies

The first historical evidence of the lily dates as far back as 1580 B.C. in Crete and is a flower of mythic proportions to the Greeks. This common funeral flower symbolises the restoration of innocence after death. The white stargazer lily particularly represents sympathy for the grieving.

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A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.