Guide to different styles and types of funeral flowers

14 January 2019

Funeral and sympathy flowers are an integral part of the funeral process and have been a memorial tradition throughout history. Choosing an appropriate floral arrangement can communicate a very personal and symbolic message to grieving friends and loved ones. In times of mourning, there are few things to ease the loss of losing a loved one. The floral arrangement that you choose will express your sympathy to the family in a comforting and compassionate way.

Knowing what flowers are appropriate to send for funerals and in times of sympathy is important. Our expert florists at Magnolia The Florist are always on hand to offer help and advice when choosing the perfect tribute.

Here is our useful online guide to funeral and sympathy flowers.

Funeral Coffin Spray

Coffin sprays are usually chosen by close family members as the main floral tribute. Designed to sit beautifully on top of the coffin, a range of colour and sizes is often available to suit all budgets. They can also be known as casket sprays or double ended sprays.  We can use a mix of seasonal stems and green foliage to give an elegant and stunning coffin spray tribute for loved ones.

Yellow germini stem spray
Autumn spray


A symbol of love, generally sent by close family members. Available in a variety of sizes and colours to personalise the funeral tribute.   

Woodland heart
A cheerful, loving heart of bright mix colours


One of our most popular funeral flower tributes is the Wreath. Sent by friends, work colleagues or family, the wreath is a traditional sign of respect and eternal life. Wreaths are versatile and can be created in a range of styles, colours and sizes to make the perfect tribute.

Purple and White wreath
Pink Wreath

Letter tributes

Normally ordered by family members as the main flower tribute, and is traditionally very popular choice. Letter tributes can spell out the beloved ones name or nick-name such as “Papa” or “Mum”. A very personal tribute, which can be designed using a range of colours.

MUM funeral letter tribute
NAN funeral letter tribute


A cross tribute is normally sent by immediate family and represent personal religious sentiments of the deceased and family.

Cross funeral tribute


Posies, baskets and sheafs

These floral tributes are often sent by friends or acquaintances. A posy is circular in shape, which allows the flwoers to be displayed beautifully from all angles.

Tied Sheaf 3 Roses
Pretty Pink basket for funeral

Pillows and cushions

The tradition behind sending a pillow or cushion tribute is the symbol of comfort in final resting place. Available in a range of colours and flowers, to reflect the personality of the deceased.

Grouped colourful cushion for a funeral


Bespoke/Specialist tributes

These bespoke design tributes are a perfect reflection of a loved ones personality, hobbies. Specialist tributes cleverly created with flowers and other suitable materials such as foliage, twigs, berries, feathers and ribbon. We can design special tributes such as dart boards, animals, Guinness pint, trains, chocolate bars.


Path of life

Our Magnolia the Florist special funeral flowers design. Hand crafted by our professional florists, this stunning and unusual tribute can come in variety of lengths and colours to suit your requirements.

Path of Life funeral tribute


Meaning of the most popular funeral flowers

We can use a variety of flowers to create sympathy and funeral tributes. Using fresh blooms, seasonal foliage and natural products such as berries, pinecones and twigs.


The lily is most the most commonly associated flower for funerals. They symbolise innocence, purity and sympathy.


A long last flower with a subtle fragrance, carnations are a popular choice for arrangements. Available in a large array of colours such as red, pink and white.

Guide to different styles and types of funeral flowers