Symbols, Music, and Flowers

Using carefully chosen symbols in a funeral service can enhance the significant aspects of a person's life, and help create a very personal atmosphere for the service. Photos and flowers add to the ambience as well.




You may wish to consider the following as possible symbols to include in the funeral service:

  • Candles — generally recognised as a universal symbol of love, light and hope. Candle lighting during the service is always a poignant ritual.
  • A flag — draped over a casket, the playing of the last post, and the red poppies used in the returned services tribute speak to us of a person's contribution to his or her country. A flag may also be symbolic of the person's country of birth.
  • Academic, sporting or community achievement awards — these tell us of other achievements in a person's life.
  • Art, craft, other artifacts and hobbies — show additional dimensions of the person whose life is being honoured.



Music speaks to our hearts - especially in a funeral service. The music selected and the way it is used usually sets the emotional tone of the service. Music can be played from a CD or iPod you supply, or from our extensive music collection. Choirs, singers and soloists can also be arranged for a service if you wish.

We have a list of popular funeral songs for review here »


Although the tradition has been for friends to send flowers, some families prefer to invite them to make a donation to a particular charity or community service in memory of the person who has died.

If you choose this option we will ensure that a box for donations is available at the service and that the money collected is delivered to the organisation after the funeral.




We can arrange flowers for the funeral, on your behalf, from a professional florist. Families are welcome to use a florist or provide flowers of their own choice. We are happy to recommend a florist. You can usually choose a favourite flower or combination of flowers and colours for a casket spray, single flowers, or a bunch of flowers tied with ribbon. Some people have used baskets of vegetables, sports equipment or other goods to personalise the floral tribute.

Click here for Hope and Sons Flower Selection in PDF format »