What to write on funeral flowers – Poems, quotes, and messages

The right message can make all the difference to someone struggling. (Picture: Getty)

Haruki Marukami wrote that ‘death is not the opposite of life, but part of it’.

As devastating, gut-wrenching and painful as it can be to lose a loved one, death is, ironically, an important part of being alive – we take the sadness to remind us to embrace happiness, the memories and the life.

If you have lost someone, or a friend has lost someone and you want to find the right words to offer support, what should you say?

What to write on funeral flowers or sympathy cards

It can be overwhelming to know what to say. Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple, but thoughtful. Some fairly popular choices for sensitive messages include:

  • Forever in our hearts
  • Forever missed, but never forgotten
  • Till we meet again, remembered always
  • Dearly loved and dearly missed
  • With you in sorrow
  • When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

What you write will also depend on who it is who has passed.

There are plenty of things to say that can provide some healing and support (Picture: Getty)

You will want to personalise a message for a parent, a sibling or a partner. You can include a personal song lyric, a pet name for one another or a shared joke.

Religious verses for funeral flowers

Sometimes, when you can’t find the right words, it’s easier to use words that have already brought comfort to many, especially if they or their family find solace in religion.

Some religious messages include:

Ours is just a simple prayer, God bless and keep you in His care.

A silent thought, a quiet prayer, for a special person, in God’s care

Many will find sanctuary in religious messages (Picture: Getty)

If the deceased or their family is Catholic, a common prayer to use is:

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
Through the mercy of God rest in peace.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Poems for funeral flowers

My friend you are a leaving. It’s time for you to go. Your friendship was a blessing and I will miss you so

Death may leave a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory that no one can steal

Our hearts are filled with sadness and tears, but our memories are filled with smiles and laughter of the good times we shared over the years

Time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay

Funeral songs and lyrics

A line from a song can often be used as a message on flowers or in a sympathy card.

Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow:

‘Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true’

Josh Groban, To Where You Are:

‘And I believe that angels breathe
And that love will love on
And never leave
Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star’

Madonna, I’ll Remember:

‘And I’ll remember the love that you gave me
Now that I’m standing on my own
I’ll remember the way that you changed me
I’ll remember you’

Sarah McLachlan, In the Arms of an Angel:

‘You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here’

Jo Dee Messina, Heaven was Needing a Hero:

‘Cause Heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through’

A decent funeral shouldn’t be down to finances – every family has the right to say goodbye

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