They had a special request that caught me off guard. The variety of flowers really wasn't important to them. What was important was the Language the flowers represented. As a person passionate about Floristry, I knew what some of the traditional flowers represented. However, I wasn't able to encompass a body of flowers that would appropriately represent what these people felt for their loved one.
I tracked down a book that I had purchased many, many years ago. "The Language of Flowers, Symbols and Myths" by Marina Heilmeyer published by Prestel.
The following is what I found, which was perfect for the family.
Marina Heilmeyer is a botanist and art historian working for the Botanical Museum in Berlin, Germany. She is the author of the botanical commentary to the highly acclaimed work Maria Sibylla Merian: New Book of Flowers, also published by Prestel.