Flowers were originally used as funeral air fresheners. Before the embalming process was developed, human bodies would have a foul odor at the time of burial. Flower arrangements were a beautiful way to sweeten the breeze while loved ones paid their respects.
We no longer need funeral air fresheners, but flower arrangements are still an essential element of most funerals. They add visual beauty and calming aromas to the funeral or viewing, and they allow guests to show respect and love during a time of intense grief. Close family members and friends often take comfort in flowers received because it shows that they aren’t mourning alone.