35+ Flowers Associated with Grief and Loss

35+ Flowers Associated with Grief and Loss

Flowers are a beautiful part of nature that can give you much joy as their life radiates through our surroundings. Due to their natural beauty, it is very common to receive flowers when you have experienced a loss or are grieving. Some people decide to plant a memorial garden with their beloved’s favourite flowers, flowers that reminder them on them, or flowers that symbolize the loss and grief. Below are some flowers associated with grief and loss, along with the flower’s meaning.


“A flower is a beautiful symbol of life, but those simple petals can also represent peace after death and happiness in the afterlife.” ~ unknown


Symbolize remembrance

Have you ever heard, “we must go backwards before we go forward”? Remembrance is a big part of the grief process – remembering and sharing those memories – in order for you to move forward (not on) and heal. These flowers symbolize remembrance and loving thoughts, while also providing healing energies.

pink carnations
Pink carnations
Pansy
Pansy

red sage
Red sage
blue sage
Blue sage
rosemary
Rosemary
gladiolus
Gladiolus

Symbolize renewal and rebirth

When you experience a loss, most often you want reassurance that your loved one is safe, free of pain, and at peace. Below are some flowers that symbolize the innocence restored to the departed’s soul. They are filled with purity and opportunity for a fresh start.

yellow tulips
Yellow tulips
White lily
White lily

daisies
Daisies
hyacinthus
Hyacinthus
lavender
Lavender
Yellow daffodils
Yellow daffodils

Symbolize protection

The flowers below will give you a sense of protection – for both you and the departed – against negativity as you work through your grief.

Larkspur
Larkspur
windflower
Windflower
foxglove
Foxglove
vervain
Vervain
alyssum
Alyssum
flax
Flax

Symbolize hope and encouragement

What do you need the most when you are grieving? Hope and encouragement. Hope, that your loved one is at peace and that you can work through this pain. Encouragement, that you have the power and support to move forward from this tragedy. Cheerful coloured flowers will radiate that energy onto you.

forget me not
Forget-me-not
White lily
White lily
yellow tulips
Yellow tulips
gerbera daisy
Gerbera daisy
gladiolus
Gladiolus
Yellow daffodils
Yellow daffodils

Symbolize love and gratitude

Flowers are filled with life and love. The love radiates from them when they are in the house or outside in your garden. Along your grief journey you may lose a sense of love and/or gratitude. These flowers below will help remind you of that love you deserve to feel and inspire an opportunity to express gratitude.

vervain
Vervain
white carnations with red carnations
White and red carnations
hydrangea
Hydrangea
cosmos
Cosmos

yarrow
Yarrow
heliotrope
Heliotrope
red roses
Red roses
lisianthus
Lisianthus

freesia
Freesia
pink roses
Pink roses
peach roses
Peach roses
aster
Aster

Symbolize grief, support, and healing

Through grief and loss, you need support – this will help you along in this journey. A combination of love, support, comfort, and understanding you will start to heal and learn how to live with the loss. The loss will always be there, but as you heal, the loss will be there in a more manageable way. Below are some flowers that acknowledge the grief, provide support and healing energies.

geranium
Geranium
calendula
Calendula
Peruvian lily
Peruvian lilies

pink and white orchid
Pink and white orchid
hyacinthus
Hyacinthus
cymbidium
Cymbidium

dark crimson rose
Dark crimson rose
goldenrods
Goldenrods
Arum lily
Arum lily

Consider preserving petals from your favourite flowers as a reminder of the happiness your loved one is experiencing in the afterlife. Our selection of keepsake that are custom to your pet or loved one’s hair and/or ashes can also include flower petals with or without their remains.

memorial beads with flower petals
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