Choosing flowers and the meanings behind them

For many, choosing flowers for a loved one’s funeral can be overwhelming. At Affertons, we can help you find flowers that best reflect a person’s personality and passions. What follows is a list of a few flowers that could be chosen for a funeral. Each is very beautiful and, in some cases, the meaning behind the flower can be very poignant.


The lily is often a flower associated with funerals. This is because lilies signify purity, innocence and rebirth. Some believe lilies symbolise the departure and the rebirth of innocence to someone’s soul once they have departed. For others, they represent new beginnings and hope. There are many types of lilies, all with slightly different meanings, but each appropriate and very beautiful when remembering a loved one.


Roses are one of the most loved flowers in the world. They are admired in many moments in life, from the most joyous moments at weddings or on Valentine’s Day, to the most difficult of moments when saying goodbye to a loved one. Each variety has its own special meaning. Red are an expression of love and respect while pink means gratefulness. Friends often choose yellow roses which symbolise friendship.


Some in Scotland may choose to feature the thistle. It’s a national symbol of Scotland so could have great meaning for someone who loved the country. The thistle, a hardy flower with hints of purple and pink, is also seen as a symbol of strength, protection and pride.


Above all else, carnations symbolise love. Each colour has slightly different meanings. Like a red rose, a red carnation symbolises a deep connection and love for someone who has passed away. Pink symbolises gratitude and a white carnation, like other flowers this colour, represents purity. For this reason, white carnations are often chosen for a young person’s funeral.


These are only really an option in the spring months, but are a very comforting and life-affirming choice for people who wish to look to the future and new beginnings. Daffodils are resilient and come back every year. They’re a symbol of strength and that life continues.