Religious Guidelines for Funerals
Funeral flower etiquette can differ between different beliefs and faiths.
It’s important to research and understand the customs of the deceased and their family as certain flowers may not be appropriate for certain cultures.
Protestant funerals commend the deceased’s life, whilst also placing a meaningful emphasis on their afterlife. A minister, under guidance of family and close friends, conducts the service.
The family and friends are the ones who decide whether they would like a charity donation or flowers at the funeral.
Sending flowers directly to the family’s home, to the funeral home or gifting a charity of the family’s choice are all applicable gestures.
Mormon funerals tend to take place by the graveside or at a funeral home.
They are rarely held indoors or in temples.
Gifting flowers to those who have lost a loved one is perfectly acceptable, however, arrangements crested in the shape of a crucifix or cross are not recommended, as Mormons believe in the bodily renaissance of Christ.
If gifting flowers, it’s important to do so either prior or post the service, and not during.
Donations to charities (chosen by the family or the deceased prior to them leaving the earth) are hugely popular in Jewish culture. Jewish burials take place almost immediately.
Post the funeral, the family will continue to sit in mourning for seven days. In the Jewish culture, this is called Shiva.
During this period of time, it’s normal to present the grieving family with fruit, desserts and food baskets, all of which should be delivered to their home.
Buddhist families deem red flowers and food inappropriate.
A monk in the confines of a funeral home leads the funeral. Gifting those who are grieving white flowers is a fitting gesture both before and post the funeral service.
- Litturgy Office England & Wales – Order of Christian Funerals
- Christian Burials
- Catholic Funeral Order of Service
- Protestant Funeral Order of Service
- Budhist Funerals Guidelines
- Budhist Funeral Customs and Etiquette
- England by Diocese – church contacts for UK
- Roman Catholic Church – contacts
- Grief after suicide – Budhist guide
- Jewish Funerals Guide
- Mormon Funerals Guide