The lily, as a funerary symbol, has many meanings including purity, innocence, virginity, heavenly bliss, majestic beauty, and Christ’s resurrection. Christians believe that the trumpet-shaped blossoms announce the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As pictured in the stained-glass window above in the Charles Buck Mausoleum in the Metairie Cemetery at New Orleans, Louisiana, the white lilies symbolize the hope of eternal life.
The Easter Lily has long been associated with the Christian religion, commonly referred to as “White-Robed Apostles of Christ.” Early Christians believed that lilies sprouted where Jesus Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in the Garden of Gethsemane.
White has typically been a color associated with virtues of purity and innocence. Often the lily can be found on the grave of a child, the epitome of purity and innocence.
The white lily is also associated with virginity and marriage, in particular relationship to women. On one hand, the lily represents virginity and innocence, which is an appropriate symbol for a young unmarried woman. On the other hand, it is symbolic of majestic beauty and marriage, which makes it an appropriate symbol for all married women regardless of their age.