When Mourning a Mother or Child’s Death, Connect to an Iris Flower

 

In honor of my mother who just passed away, I am going to make a Mother’s Day floral arrangement using an Iris.

This purple bloom is significant and emits a special meaning. The flower was named after the Greek goddess Iris.  In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess who created the arc of the rainbow to travel from heaven and earth. Her journey wasn’t marked by sadness because the rainbow is full of color and wonder.

Iris also filled the role of an angel in transporting female souls to heaven. To this day, Greeks plant purple irises on women’s graves so that Iris will guide them to their resting place in heaven.

But I believe she is a messenger for all souls.

Recently I was doing a photo shoot for toryburch.com on flower arranging. The lovely style editor, Grace Harris,  shared how her beloved friend Jack had recently died unexpectedly. Those deaths are always the most wrenching. 

My mother’s death was a cycle of life – she was 89 – and had lived a long life. A young man’s life cut short is so difficult.

There will be many mothers who are also mourning the deaths of their children. Especially on Mother’s Day. It filled me with joy when Grace texted his mother to encourage her to create a flower arrangement with the Iris flower.

“She’s going to go out and get some flowers today,” Grace shared. I do hope that whenever she looks at an Iris, she will think of her son. 

In the same way that your car will start beeping if another car approaches too quickly because of electromagnetic and ultrasonic sensors, flowers also emit special signals and sensory stimulants. There is a secret language to flowers that we at flowerpowerwithjill.com encourage you to access to create not only conversations but better mental health.

Iris Photo by ChrystalFerreira

When someone passes, our relationships are invisible but still powerful. We can use physical stimuli to connect and activate memories. Plus no act of love is ever wasted. Flowers are here as our companions in all stages of life from birth to death to remind us with a universal kiss that solace and beauty still always exist. – Jill Brooke