Why We Place Flowers on Graves


Placing flowers on loved ones’ gravesides in cemeteries is a custom observed by many cultures. It is a tradition that has been expressed as far back as the Stone Age.  With the holidays just around the corner, let’s take a look at where this practice came from. 



Previously to a recent discovery, it was thought that the ritual of flowers honoring loved ones was ritualized by the Greeks as ways to memorialize fallen warriors. Recently, experts have found that the act of placing flowers on a graveside dates to the Stone Age.

The tradition became a staple in the United States after the Civil War with the establishment of Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day). Since then, many people honor their loved ones by placing flowers on their gravesides. 


Sentimental Tribute and Symbolism 

Flowers have both sentimental meaning as well as symbolic meaning. Flowers are a tangible way of showing love, respect, and leaving them as a tribute. Families may choose to place flowers on their loved one’s grave on birthdays and holidays to demonstrate that, though they are no longer with us, they are still part of these meaningful occasions. Whether it is their favorite flower, or a flower that has a deeper meaning, leaving flowers can be comforting during the mourning process. 


Cemetery Rules

Each cemetery has a specific list of rules and regulations to follow when placing flowers at your loved ones’ gravesides. Be sure to get in contact with the staff in charge of the cemetery your loved one is resting.

You can find the rules, regulations, and days of clean up for St. Charles Memorial Gardens here. You may also stop by their office or call at 636-946-6935 for more information. St. Charles Memorial Gardens’ office is located at 3950 West Clay Street, Suite 200, St. Charles, MO 63301, and open 7 days a week from 8:30am – 5:00pm. 


Baue Funeral Homes has a Flower and Gift shop on the main level of the Cave Springs location at 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Click here to view various flower options.