Seeing people close to us on our last journey, we bring beautiful, touching bouquets to the funeral. Strict mourning bouquets are an indispensable attribute of a funeral ceremony, allowing people to demonstrate their love and respect for the deceased person, as well as express their condolences and sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. At a farewell ceremony, it is better to take those flowers that the deceased loved during his lifetime.
A funeral is a mournful, farewell process in which bright and saturated colors are completely inappropriate. Therefore, the funeral bouquet should be strict, simple, discreet and unobtrusive.
This will allow you to emphasize the solemnity of the moment of farewell. Do not use more than three color shades for the bouquet, since the brightness and variegation at the funeral ceremony are completely inappropriate.
Flowers that are usually brought to the funeral:
At the funeral, flowers of dark shades are most appropriate. Bouquets made up of flowers that have cool shades: purple, blue, white, etc., are suitable for this sad, mournful event.
For example, it may be yellowish chrysanthemums or white roses. Dark red flowers (burgundy roses, red carnations, etc.) are also allowed at the funeral, because red is the color of blood, kinship and love.
It’s not customary to bring pink flowers to a man’s funeral. Mourning bouquets are usually laid on the grave of a man, in which flowers of strict contrasting shades predominate: violet, yellow, blue, white, red, orange, etc. With the help of such bouquets, relatives and friends express their sadness and sorrow from irreparable loss.
White and pink flowers are laid on the grave of a young girl. Color shades of a cold palette can have cornflowers, hydrangeas, irises.
In ritual bouquets, lilies and violets are often added, symbolizing the respect of relatives and relatives to the deceased. Also, willow twigs are often added to mournful bouquets. This is no accident, because it is this plant that symbolizes eternal life.
Mourning baskets composed of burgundy or white roses, delicate lilies or bright carnations have a beautiful appearance. Tragically dead people (for example, those who crashed in an accident), especially children, are brought bouquets made of white flowers, which symbolize tenderness and purity.
How many flowers should be in the funeral bouquet?
The number of flowers in the funeral bouquet should be even and should not be more than twelve. An even number symbolizes death, the end of life.
You can buy funeral wreaths, floral arrangements, elite wreaths of fresh flowers and much more on the website of our ritual agency in Moscow.
What flowers to choose for a funeral: mourning bouquets
A bouquet of flowers is a wreath in miniature. It contains a spruce foot, and flowers, and a ribbon with an inscription. The stems are closed with a neutral mesh packaging in dark colors for easy transportation. The weight of the bouquet is 1-1.5 kg. Length - from 60 to 80 cm.
If you are traveling with flowers to a funeral in another city, we will additionally pack a funeral bouquet in a transparent film so that it will not be damaged during the trip.
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What does the mourning flora symbolize
Laying flowers on the grave of the deceased is a sacred ritual, the last tribute to memory, love and respect. The tradition of coming to a funeral procession with flowers goes back to antiquity. Among the Egyptians, a short lily was a white lily, and in ancient Greek civilization a rose. In addition, the Greeks considered daffodils, violets and hyacinths to be symbols of death, as well as oblivion. The ancient Romans borrowed the tradition of decorating burial places from them.
Among Europeans, the eternal memory of the deceased is demonstrated by rosemary, and sorrow and sadness are shown by chrysanthemum. But lilies and magnolias indicate the nobility and dignity of the deceased.
Gratitude to the person who left our world is mainly expressed by roses, gladioli and daffodils. Daisies and light chrysanthemums symbolize the virgin purity and attractiveness, as well as the refinement of the character of the deceased. Carnations and forget-me-nots indicate true love for the dead. Farewell ask for hyacinths of heavenly colors, as well as striped cloves. The sadness that overwhelms the soul is reflected in black roses and red carnations. Eternal memory is symbolized by forget-me-nots and zinnias.
Naturally, the shades of buds, as well as the very design of the mourning bouquet, directly depend on the mentality, culture, religion, customs and geographical region in which one or another social group lives. The key rule is that the mourning flora must reflect sincere grief, symbolize the unthinkable loss and the eternal memory of the deceased.
What color flowers carry to a funeral
Since the main meaning is the color of the inflorescences, the choice of the color of the buds must be approached seriously and competently:
- Yellow represents the superiority of the sun over darkness, gives hope and optimism.
- Lilac speaks of the immortality of the soul and declares the invulnerability of faith in Christian truths.
- Gray symbolizes fear of oblivion, as well as the helplessness of man before the forces of nature.
- Orange expresses soulfulness, support and sympathy in moments of depression, grief and sorrow.
- Blue is associated with heavenly perfection and freedom, personifies fidelity, rationalism, and also deep melancholy.
- Purple “patents” strong love, the untouchability of honor, self-esteem, tenderness and fidelity of feelings.
- White indicates purity, completeness, perfection, as well as the incomprehensibility of the universe.
- Black carries a symbol of death, grief, the deepest sadness and proud spirituality.
- Green symbolizes faith in eternal life after death, gives hope and peace.
- Red denotes invincible love, as well as the many troubles and difficulties that occupied a dead man during his lifetime.
General rules for laying mourning bouquets
- Bouquets for the funeral process should be strict, restrained and discreet. They are obliged to emphasize the special significance of farewell to the deceased and the tangible loss.
- Dark and pale tones of the composition are most relevant, since they do not attract too much attention and demonstrate the modesty of the participant in the funeral procession.
- Before placing flowers directly in the coffin or on an already filled grave, they must be disposed of from the cellophane wrapper.
- It is undesirable that the bouquet that you carry for the funeral should contain more than three shades, since excessive variegation is unacceptable.
- If, for good reason, it is not possible to attend the funeral personally and take a direct part in the burial ritual, then it is appropriate to send flowers to the relatives in a basket.
- For an organized group of participants in a funeral, a well-designed composition of fresh or artificial inflorescences will be an ideal option for expressing joint sorrow and sadness.
- Taking funeral bouquets home is unacceptable. They must be carefully laid on the grave or taken to a designated place.
How many flowers to carry to a funeral
Most people are confident that an even number of flowers should be brought to the grave, but their number does not matter. In fact, this is so.
Remember, in a mourning bouquet should not be present more than 12 buds. Naturally, their number should be even, because paired numbers symbolize completeness, peace, and also the full fulfillment of a life mission.
Most often, eight flowers are brought to the funeral. True, there are exceptions. For example, in Georgia, bouquets of three, five, seven or nine flowers are boldly carried in the cemetery. In order not to get bogged down in the face when forming bouquets, be sure to consult a competent employee of a funeral agency or a florist in a store.
What flowers are for a man’s funeral
Going to a man’s burial, choose bouquets with strict, concise buds of white, red, orange, black, blue or yellow. If a person was distinguished by activity, initiative, determination and healthy adventurism, it is recommended to arrange the buds asymmetrically.
It is not necessary to bring inflorescences of pink shades to the grave of a man. Delicate compositions with a delicate aroma will also be inappropriate.
The sadness and bitterness of the irreparable loss of the courageous family head or a fair and sociable leader will unobtrusively demonstrate bouquets with a cold palette. A good option would be irises, cornflowers or hydrangeas. If you want to express your sincere love and affection for the deceased, lay carnations or skewers on the grave. Their warm shades demonstrate the conscientiousness of the intravital relationship of the mourner and the dead.
What flowers are brought to a woman’s funeral
Best of all, if the grave of a successful lady will be laid flowers, which she previously admired. They are obliged to reflect her character, spiritual values and lifestyle in general. Experts of mourning ceremonies recommend a young girl who has left our world prematurely to carry inflorescences of pink or white shades. They will indicate her innocence, attractiveness and spiritual purity.
For a mature woman with a soft temper, compositions with inflorescences of bed shades are relevant, and for a bright, creative and active person, more colorful bouquets with an asymmetric arrangement of buds are suitable.
It is customary to lay yellow, orange, lilac or red floral arrangements on the grave of an elderly woman.
The deceased grandmother and mother, as the guardian of the hearth, at the burial place, it is recommended to carry inflorescences of restrained bed shades. It is best if it is their favorite flowers. You can find out in detail the rules and traditions of the funeral ceremony at the local priest. He will certainly help to organize the funeral event in an appropriate manner.
What kind of flowers to carry to the funeral of children
Ritual bouquets during the burial of a child are required to carry a specific subtext. For example, it is customary to lay on the graves of infants buds of soft cream shades that have not yet fully blossomed. Boys and girls of school age are predominantly assigned white inflorescences. As a rule, lilies, white roses or violets are placed on the graves of adolescents. For deceased children, it is best to form small compositions with delicate shades of buds.
Remember, a funeral is a mourning event which requires modesty, sincerity, courtesy, sincerity and compassion from participants.
How to choose flowers for a funeral
First you need to decide whether you buy live buds, or stop on artificial compositions. Each type of bouquet has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most often, they use an artificial wreath for funerals. Compositions are supplemented by mourning ribbons with inscriptions indicating who the donor is. Usually, wives for funerals are bought by spouses, children, immediate family, friends, and colleagues. Several compositions are placed on the entire surface of the grave hill, closing it, baskets are usually screwed to the cross. The shape of the wreath is usually a circle or oval, symbolizing the continuity of life, perfection, eternity. For ease of transportation, you can choose a basket with a handle.
A wreath or bouquet of fresh flowers usually costs more than an artificial composition. But no, even the best copies, can surpass the original. The pleasant aroma and silkiness of the petals of fresh flowers best emphasize your love for the deceased. Bouquets can be placed on a grave in a vase, but then a few days after the funeral, you will have to return to the cemetery to pour stagnant water. If you do not initially immerse the stems of cut flowers in water, then in suitable weather they can turn into dried flowers. In any case, fresh flowers after wilting should be removed from the grave so as not to give it a dull and abandoned appearance.
The colors of the funeral bouquet
When choosing a color scheme for a composition, you can rely on your own taste or turn to traditions. Red flowers will symbolize the suffering experienced by the deceased, as well as the blood of Christ shed for the sake of humanity. The most neutral “funeral” color is white, meaning infinity and purity. Compositions in such tones will be appropriate for the funeral of a man, a woman, and a child. Yellow flowers will emphasize your longing for a departed person.
The basis of the bouquet is usually made up of branches of evergreen trees, meaning eternal life. Traditionally, bouquets in ritual floristry are performed in restrained and dark colors: black, purple, white, blue, purple, burgundy. Bouquets of pink roses or cheerful yellow carnations may not look appropriate in the cemetery. It is believed that flowers symbolizing passion or tenderness do not have a place at a mournful event.
When choosing flowers, you can focus not only on your taste or traditions, but also on the preferences of the deceased now. If you are sure that he loved pink roses most of all, you can opt for such an unusual funeral bouquet. You can also collect an armful of wildflowers, if you are sure that the deceased especially appreciated the modest daisies. It is believed that even after death, it will be especially pleasant for a person to see loved ones who brought a bouquet of their favorite flowers to his grave. So we can show our respect for the person, the care that is shown after death.
The flowers that will cause the least questions in the cemetery will be white lilies. Traditionally, they decorate the most important moments in a person’s life: it can be their first birthday, christening, wedding, and, ultimately, a funeral. For the funeral bouquet, callas, roses, carnations, and alstroemeria are also actively used.
Fresh and artificial flowers in the cemetery
The cemetery is usually advised to visit on parental Saturday, or nine days after Easter, on Radunitsa. A significant part of these funeral days falls on the cold season, so if you want to decorate the grave, then in the winter it is better to opt for artificial flowers. In frost, they will remain neat longer than live buds. Florists in the manufacture of floral arrangements can use special tools that extend the life of cut plants.
Modern artificial flowers can be made not only of plastic, but also of organza, foamiran, metal, stone and other materials, which may look more original than artificial greens and buds. You can pay attention to compositions that have a base - you need to cover it with earth to give it stability.
Do not limit the decoration of the grave to only those flowers that are usually sold along the roads. Their lurid colors may look too unnatural in a place of eternal rest. Usually a variety of colors is characteristic of the festive events of human life, and mourn is accompanied by restrained, dark shades.
There are not so many prohibitions when choosing mourning compositions, but they exist. Do not give the deceased a bouquet that was presented before this living person. This can happen if on the eve some event was celebrated, and the next day the parent's Saturday fell. People decided to save money and bring to the cemetery a bouquet standing on the table. It is believed that the bouquet should only be freshly picked and specially designed for ritual purposes. The second prohibition is the refusal to buy flowers from hand near the cemetery. Such bouquets are most often stolen, and there is no guarantee that your relative to whom you buy it will become its last owner.