Why Are Flowers The Common Choice To Send At Funerals?

By: Danny Amoruccio
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Flowers are a common sight at funerals. They are used for decoration, laid on the casket, and given to family members as a sign of condolences. This tradition has been around for hundreds of years but have you ever wondered why flowers are such a common choice? At Willowbrook Cemetery, we like to look at the history of funerals and we found some interesting reasons why flowers are so common.

1. People Have Been Using Them For Thousands Of Years

A discovery in Iraq revealed that people have placed flowers on graves for thousands of years. The excavation of a gravesite from 62,000 BCE found flower pollen and ancient wildflower fragments.

2. Convey The Right Message

Flowers can help humans convey the right message to their friends and family. Even people who aren’t interested in the language of flowers can understand the sentiment behind a carefully arranged bouquet. It is difficult to offer the right condolence message or comfort people going through intense grief. Flowers can say what words can’t on such occasions, especially if you put some thought into the assembly.

3. Symbol Of Life And Death

Flowers perfectly represent life and death. They are beautiful and full of life when in full bloom but slowly wither away with the passage of time. They are a poignant symbol that showcases the inevitability of death while highlighting the beauty of life. You can also choose specific species to convey personalized messages. Most florists are well-versed in the language of flowers and can help you put together the right bouquet.

Flowers are also easy to find and universally appealing, which makes them the right choice for sensitive occasions like funerals or memorial services. 

If you want to know more or need to book a service, just give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on (203) 222-8646 or contact us through our online form.

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