Coffin sprays, wreaths, posies and baskets or special lettering tributes, there are a whole variety of ways to create a floral tribute to a loved one. The gentle beauty of flowers expresses your personal love and remembrance and brings comfort to the bereaved. Today’s florist uses many varieties of flowers in dozens of colours so shopping for funeral flowers can be overwhelming. It helps to know what certain flowers symbolize and which are the most appropriate for the occasion. If you would like assistance, we can arrange flowers on your behalf, using our own local, high quality Wirral florists. Charles Stephens Funeral Directors can put you in touch with them to discuss your particular requirements, or you can look through our brochure to select your own tribute from the wide range of funeral arrangements available. From a full coffin spray in roses, to a simple wreath or a bespoke design, shown here is just a small selection from the wide variety of tributes that are available. Following cremation we can arrange for your flowers to be forwarded or placed in the Garden of Remembrance or at any area of your choice. Further directions will be taken with regard to flowers following the funeral service. If you are unsure about what floral tribute you would like – or you want to double-check that the flowers you have chosen are appropriate - please ask one of our Funeral Directors for advice
Popular funeral flowers
It can help to know the general meaning of certain flowers. Below is our guide to help you choose the right flowers …
Roses – a very popular and appropriate funeral flower. White roses symbolise innocence and purity while the classic red rose evokes love and grief. Yellow roses are often given by friends while pink roses are given as a sign of thankfulness. Including a single red rose in a bouquet expresses enduring love for the deceased.
Lilies – this strongly aromatic flower symbolises the radiance of the soul. White lilies are the most popular but Stargazer and Oriental lilies are also appropriate flowers for the recently departed.
Orchid – an exotic flower which symbolises refinement, orchids are traditionally sent during difficult times because they convey everlasting love.
Chrysanthemums – these flowers symbolise sympathy but also sincerity. Green chrysanthemums are often used in funeral flower arrangements.
Carnations – often used in funeral wreaths and standing sprays, these traditional flowers in red, white or pink can make beautiful arrangements. Pink carnations symbolise a mother’s enduring love while red carnations are similar in meaning to red roses. White carnations are a sign of purity and innocence.
Hyacinth – a beautifully scented flower, hyacinths are striking added into an arrangement of assorted flowers.
Hydrangea – a lovely Spring flower, hydrangeas are thought to symbolise heartfelt emotions.
Daffodil – Another vibrant Spring flower, daffodils are an emblem of rebirth. They are particularly suitable for the funeral of a child or colleague or if the funeral takes place in Springtime.
Gladioli – These bold flowers symbolise strength of character and, with their tall stems and variety of colours, are suitable in classic casket or standing sprays for traditional funeral services.
Tulips – Tulips are a symbol of love and, like roses, come in lots of different colours, each with their own distinct meaning. Red tulips are strongly linked with love.