At Fleurtation, we know that a funeral can be one of the most upsetting stressful times in your life. We aim to try and help take away some of the stress involved with funeral arrangements. We work with private clients, nursing homes, funeral directors etc. We are familiar with the process, so let us do the work for you.
Our staff ensure that your flowers are delivered to your location on time.
Have a look at some of our information on funeral flowers below. If you have any questions, you can speak to us. We will be more than happy to help.

What is the difference between Funeral Flowers and Sympathy Flowers?

Funeral Flowers

Funeral Flowers are generally to decorate the church or funeral home, or even at the graveside. They can be in the form of a casket spray, a standing arrangement, a particular shape, a word etc. They are sent to the funeral home, nursing home and so on as a mark of respect for the departed.
Sympathy Flowers are sent to the home of a family member or loved one. They are intended to let the family know you are thinking of them during their difficult time.
There are a number of funeral flowers to choose from;

Casket Sprays
Typically chosen by the close family members, casket sprays adorn the coffin of a loved one. There are different sizes to choose from, generally those that cover the entire length of the coffin and those that cover approx. half the casket. Generally the full sprays are used for a closed casket services and half sprays for open casket.

Cross Sprays
Depending on the religion of the deceased, there are options to get your flowers arranged in a cross, or other symbolic shape. These can be small or they can be larger standing arrangements. Speak to us today about your options.

Wreaths are a beautiful gesture and can add some sort of colour and life to an otherwise very sad and sombre occasion. Wreaths can be arranged in any colour, flower or style you like. They are ring shaped – representing eternal life.
Single Stems
Roses or other single stems are often placed on the coffin at the graveside as a symbol of a final farewell. This is generally done by close family.

Funeral Flowers Etiquette


While there is no real right or wrong when it comes to flowers, there are different “typical” flowers you can choose, depending on a number of different things.

  • Include a note. It can be a simple line or two letting them know you are thinking of them at this difficult time. Avoid anything too light, as it can be taken wrong – remember, the receiver will not be feeling like themselves right now.
  • Call in to offer your condolences. Again, no need to overdo it. This will be a very difficult and lonely time, let them know you are there for them.
  • You can send flowers for either the home or the grave. Some families may ask that donations be made to a charity instead, check with the local funeral home, a close family friend etc.
  • Sympathy can be expressed with a mass card. Send one to let them know you are thinking of them.
  • Casket Sprays are generally from the immediate family. It is also common to get flowers arranged in a shape that meant something to the deceased, eg. In the shape of a horse, football and so on.
  • Respect the religious beliefs of the family – see our guide below on funeral flower etiquette, depending on faith or religion.
  • Plants are another alternative to sending funeral flowers, giving a lasting tribute.
  • If you knew the deceased well, you may know what their favourite flower or colour was. This can make the flowers extra significant.
  • Tributes are when you get the flowers arranged in the shape of something that helps to symbolise a part of their life For example, if the person was an avid GAA fan, you may choose to get your flowers in the shape of a football etc. Speak to us today, we will do our very best to cater for your needs.

Common Funeral Flowers according to Religion or Faith

Most flowers are acceptable, for both the home and graveside.

Protestant Christian
Most flowers are appropriate. Keep it simple and understated.


Generally flowers are not displayed at the funeral home. They can be set to the family home, some people choose to send fruit baskets instead.

There are a wide variety of traditions, so we do suggest that you always check with a friend or family member first.

These are generally ceremonies in a funeral home. Sending flowers is generally acceptable. White is most acceptable – generally red flowers symbolise joy and happiness, so perhaps it is best to avoid this.

Eastern or Greek Orthodox

Most flowers are acceptable – however, white is more favourable.

The funeral service is generally on the day of the death, so flowers are not very common. They can be sent as sympathy flowers to the family’s home with a thoughtful note or card.


Flowers are appreciated; just ensure not to send anything in the shape of a cross. Pay attention to the card you send too.

If you are unsure, you can always call the funeral home / undertaker, they will be happy to advise.