If you have ever attended a funeral or memorial service for someone who died, there has probably been a beautiful flowered wreath displayed on an easel by the casket or by the podium. Some may have an expression of condolence written on a ribbon that is attached to the wreath. Funeral wreaths are impressive, but they also carry symbolism and tradition.
Why a Wreath
Funeral wreaths have been used since ancient Roman times. Wreaths in general are symbols of strength, never-ending life and love. A funeral wreath expresses a hope for eternal life to go on, an eternal circle, honour and respect or a never-ending love. Anyone can send a funeral wreath as an expression of condolences, but usually it is a relative or someone who was close to the deceased to express respect, support and love.
Because wreaths, and particularly funeral wreaths, hold such symbolism, selecting the flowers and the colour of the flowers you want in the wreath can send a silent message to the bereaved. Most funeral wreaths are comprised of roses and greenery. The rose is a symbol of hope, while selecting a particular colour of rose will convey an added message. Red for love, white for reverence, light pink for admiration and sympathy. The combination of coloured roses in a funeral wreath can be very meaningful to the deceased family.
There are other symbolic flowers and colours that can be used in a funeral wreath, either with or without roses. Any white flower, but especially lilies, represent peace and serenity. Blue blossoms symbolise tranquillity, while lavender or purple symbolise nobility and devotion. Dahlias represent elegance and dignity, daisies are used for innocence, youth and gentleness and gerbera daisies show beauty and thoughts of absent friends. Gladiolus symbolise strength of character and statice conveys sympathy.
Whatever sadness, grief and sympathy you are feeling toward the deceased and the family can be expressed in a funeral wreath by the flowers and colour of those flowers you select.