Honouring Life's Blossoms: The Meaning behind Floral Designs on Burial Urns

Two flower patterned urns side by sideUrns these days come in many different styles. One pattern that is incredibly common and has been for years are floral designs. Flowers are a beautiful and poignant way to symbolise a passing and are a touching way to give back a sense of love and beauty to a terrible situation. In today's article we will be discussing the meanings behind floral designs as well as why they are so important.

Different floral meanings

There are multiple varieties of flowers that are found in funerals and funerary symbolism. Flowers can have different meanings depending on who you ask, with many of those meanings bound to change depending on where in the world they are found. If you happen to like roses but do not agree with what they are thought to symbolise, you can always disregard these meanings and continue to use roses in whatever ways you wish. Symbolism is really important to some but if you don't agree with it, there is nothing to stop you from liking flowers just for the sake of doing so. While flowers eventually wilt and wither away, Floral urns allow you to keep the symbology of a flower forever. 


Lilies are commonly used in funerals as they are often associated with mourning. Lilies represent purity and innocence, and when used in a funeral arrangement connotes the transformation of the soul departing the earth and returning to its previous state of purity. Lilies can be used on any sort of funerary urn and are a beautiful choice. 


Roses are one of the most popular flowers and are used for a variety of reasons from romance to funerals. They are used in funerals as a way to represent the families and friends' love for the deceased. Different coloured roses have different meanings, with red signifying a romantic love and respect. Pink roses symbolise gentle love, grace and appreciation whereas yellow roses signify friendship and attachment. Roses are a really lovely addition to an urn in which a loving partner is preserved. 


Orchids are another common funerary flower as they symbolise eternal love. Pink and white orchids are used to express sympathy. Potted orchids are popular for funerals as they will flourish for a long time.


Carnations are a flower used to convey the simple message of gratitude and remembrance. Red carnations signify admiration and respect, while light pink signify remembrance. 


A very popular funeral flower with many European and Asian cultures, Chrysanthemums are traditionally the sole flower brought to funerals. Perfect for a family from these roots as an ode to their heritage and traditions. 

While these flowers aren't always available to be found on urns, they can always be paired next to the urns. With this article on floral meanings and symbology you can now find the perfect pairing for your urn. As Australia's largest urn store, Eternal Urns has an extensive range of the best quality urns available, so check out our range today.