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THE MEANING OF GRAVESTONE ENGRAVINGS


Anchor/Ships ~ Hope or a Mariner
Arches ~ Victory in Death
Arrows ~ Mortality
Bird ~ Eternal Life
Bird flying ~ Resurrection
Book open ~ Teacher
Bible open ~ Minister
Bouquets flowers ~ Condolences, grief, sorrow
Broken column ~ Loss of Head of family
Bugles ~ Resurrection, or Military
Butterfly ~ Short lived, Early death
Candle being snuffed ~ Time, Mortality
Cherub ~ Angelic
Corn ~ Ripe old age
Cross ~ Emblem of faith
Crossed swords ~ High ranking military person
Darts/Coffin~Father-Time, Gentleness, Affection, Purity
Flying birds ~ Flight of the soul
Fruit ~ Eternal plenty
Garlands ~ Victory in death
Hands shaking ~ Farewell
Harp ~ Praise to the Maker
Hearts ~ Soul in bliss or love of Christ
Horns ~ The Resurrection
Hourglass ~ Swiftness of time
Hand of God Chopping ~ Sudden Death
Hourglass with wings ~ Time flying, short life
Imps ~ Mortality
Ivy ~ Friendship and Immortality
Lamb ~ Innocence
Laurel ~ Fame or Victory
Lily/Lily of Valley ~ Emblem of Innocence and purity
Morning glory ~ Beginning of life
Oak leaves & acorn ~ Maturity, and ripe old age
Palm branches ~ Signifies Victory and rejoicing
Picks & Shovels ~ Mortality
Poppy ~ Sleep
Portals ~ Passageway to eternal life
Rings broken ~ Family circle severed
Rose bud ~ Morning of life, renewal of life
Rose fully opened ~ Prime of life
Roses ~ Brevity of earthly life
Shells ~ Pilgrimage of life
Stars & stripes on Eagle ~ Eternal vigilance liberty
Thistles ~ Remembrance
Tombs ~ Mortality
Torch Inverted ~ Life extinct
Tree Stump with Ivy ~ Head of family Immortality
Trees ~ Life
Trumpeters ~ Heralds of the resurrection
Urn with Blaze ~ Undying friendship
Urn with wreath/crepe ~ Mourning
Weeping willow ~ Emblem of sorrow
Wheat sheaf ~ Ripe for harvest, divine harvest, time
Willows ~ Earthly sorrow
Winged Effigies ~ Flight of the soul

(Courtesy of Carol Crowe Vivier)





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