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If someone you know has died, sending flowers is a lovely gesture. For centuries, flowers have been the traditional way to express your sadness and honor someone who has passed away, and this tradition is still strong. Whether you send flowers to the funeral, bring them to the grave site, or gift the family with a long lasting plant in their time of bereavement, it’s always a good way to brighten a dark time.

In the spring, it’s easy to find beautiful flowers. The earth is verdant and blooming in the spring, and many spring flowers, like lilies, roses, gladioli, tulips, and daffodils can make lovely and appropriate flower arrangements for a funeral. Flowers have different meanings, so it’s good to reflect on what you’re trying to say before you send them.

  • Hyacinths represent constancy, and the different colors of hyacinth have different meanings: purple for sorrow, white for prayers, and blue for sincerity.
  • Daffodils represent new beginnings, and giving a bunch of daffodils means you wish the recipient joy and happiness.
  • The Iris is a beautiful flower that stands for eloquence, faith, and valor, with the blue iris in particular meaning faith and hope.
  • Lilies symbolize humility and devotion. They’re often used in funeral arrangements, and represent that the departed has attained innocence after death.
  • Gladiolas stand for strength of character, faithfulness, remembrance, and
  • Tulips signify love.

Understanding those meanings, you can easily choose bright spring blooms that are as meaningful as they are beautiful. It’s important to note, though, that there are some rules of etiquette that apply to funeral flowers. Choose an arrangement of a size that corresponds to your relationship with the person who has died. Don’t buy a spray for the casket, unless you’re in the immediate family. Be sensitive to the family’s cultural background, and choose an arrangement in tasteful colors. The florist can help you find the perfect arrangement to express your sentiments and honor the person who has died. When placing flowers on a grave, adhere to the rules and regulations of the cemetery.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting. We welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.

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