"Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. They are a means of lending support and sharing the burden of grief."
Significance of Flowers -- flowers are sent to funerals for several reasons. They are means of expression. It is difficult when mourning the passing of someone to put into words one's feelings, and flowers are a visual expression of those feelings. They are a means of lending support and sharing in the grief. Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. In addition, there is a growing trend to send flowers to the home of the family after the service which helps console the family.
Freedom of Expression -- people are not cut from the same spiritual or emotional mold. One should feel free to express themselves in the manner which best conveys their emotions. Any source of expression from one who says," that's the way it must be done", is not an act from the heart.
The Tradition -- people traditionally express their respect and sympathy by sending flowers. This long standing custom helps people show their innermost feelings and respect for the deceased.
Atmosphere -- flowers are a very important part in leaving a lasting impression. Following the service the family are left with the direct effect the warmth and comfort that is generated by the flowers creating a memorable moment. Flowers do not whither and die in the mind of the grieving, but are recalled time and again as tangible memories.
A Spiritual Significance -- flowers are symbolic not only of love and sympathy, but also of eternity and immortality. The life of a flower is fleeting, and attests to the transitory life of man. There is profound religious symbolism in the very fact that flowers do not last forever.
"In Lieu of Flowers" -- there are many implications in such a request. Many people resent being told how to express their sympathy. Whether they send flowers, make a donation or send a card, most often people will decide what sentiment is best for them.
The role of sending flowers is symbolic and comforting. They add much richness and meaning and represent sympathy and sentiment to the extended grieving family. Flowers are not only sent to the funeral for a showing of respect but also are commonly sent to the living to show support and comfort.