It was not always socially acceptable to openly discuss emotions and intentions during the Victorian period. Flowers were assigned complex meanings that when combined, could convey these thoughts. In death, flowers could be used to express grief, mourning, and love.
Typically represented women, and the age of the flower depicted the age of the woman.
Friendship or an eternal embrace
Purity and innocence
A final farewell or someone being led to the other side. The cuffs can reveal the relationship and gender.
Hand pointed upward or downward
A finger pointing up means the deceased has ascended into heaven. A finger pointing down does not mean the deceased has descended…it typically indicates an untimely death.
Represents scholastic knowledge or scripture