It is no secret that funerals today can costs into the thousands, and in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars. many believe this has led to the increase in cremations in recent decades, to the point where cremations now exceed traditional burials in popularity. Even a cremation, however, can put a financial strain on a family who is financially unprepared.
This often leads to a family requesting memorials be sent to a funeral home “in lieu of flowers”. Lieu, of course, means instead of or in place of. For some families, this is a way to help pay for an appropriate funeral, even if there wasn’t sufficient life insurance.
Flowers, however, remain a popular way to express empathy and grief. Here are some of the more popular flowers that symbolize love and sympathy.
The classic red rose signifies love. Deep colored roses signify even deeper love. Roses continue to be one of the most popular choices to send when a loved one passes
The white Lilly, in particular, symbolizes purity and rebirth. The white Lilly carries religious significance for many of the worlds largest religions.
Poppies are recognized worldwide as a way to show sympathy. It is especially noted for a way to express respect for those who have served in the military.
The purple hyacinth is a sign of sorrow, regret and forgiveness. It can be a way to express regret at things not said or issues left unresolved.
Frequently given in a show of respect and worthiness, white tulips symbolize regret. They may be a good choice when one feels the need to apologize.
Carnations are popular in that different colors have different meanings. Many will send bouquets of various colors to express sympathy.
Of course, not all families that request memorials do so to help pay final expenses. Many request donations to a favored cause or charity of the deceased. Some families feel donations to a good cause is a superior choice to flowers. Of course, in any such situation you’ll want to check the obituary or contact the funeral home to determine the family’s wishes.
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