The significance of flowers in the funeral industry

The significance of flowers in the funeral industry

Flowers have always been a symbol for expressing many deep feelings as well as part of many funeral traditions around the world.

When it comes to funeral, nowadays flowers are perceived as a symbol for expressing deep feelings of sympathy and condolences. While flowers and decorations have been traditionally given at many different times to help express feelings of condolence or sympathy, sending flower arrangements to a funeral have also served an secondary motive for many centuries.

Flowers (article by Pulvis Art Urns)


Ancient tradition

In ancient times, flowers were used a lot in embalming practices, in many countries like Peru, Chile and Egypt. In ancient ages flowers were not only symbols of respect, but they were also used as a means to help mask up the unpleasant smell of decomposition. Depending on the environment, the body condition and other different factors, flowers were placed around the body so mourners would tolerate the smell while grieving.

Ancient grave (article by Pulvis Art Urns)

New discoveries suggest that their use date back to the Stone Age. Back early 50s of the previous century an important discovery was found in the Shanidar Cave in Northern Iraq. The discovery includes a Neanderthal grave with soil samples that supports the idea that the bodies were buried along with floral bed. This is an example that the tradition of placing flowers over the graves of the death has started a long time ago and is still alive to this day.

Sentimental Value

Aside from the practical side of placing flowers at funerals, throughout the years they have earned a very sentimental value. During the Victorian era, most of the funerals were held in funeral homes and the flowers speak for the silent grief of the family and relatives attending the ceremony. The secret language of condolence floral gifts is used to show everything that is way too painful to speak of as well as help create a beautiful final memory.



In modern times, bringing flower to a funeral or cremation has become a tradition. The gift of a plant is often an ideal option, as they provide a long-lasting memorial to the loved one lost. Each and every flower however has its unique symbolism. For example, the lily is the flower most often associated with funeral and cremation services as they symbolise the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the deceased.

Lilly flower (Article by Pulvis Art Urns)

Carnations on the other hand are a popular choice for sympathy arrangements. Some flowers like chrysanthemums, also known as Mums are symbolic of death and are only used for funerals or arrangements in combination with urns for ashes or other keepsake memorials.


Arrangements with ceramic urns for ashes

Our newest model “Light” is especially designed to hold flowers in it. The cremation ashes are fitted inside the walls of the memorial urn, which makes the design truly unique. Visit our shop for more information.


Ceramic Urn for Ashes With Flowers - By Pulvis Art Urns. Model "Light".