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A to Z Key of Common Gravestone Symbols
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Anchor Hope, or “at rest”. An early Christian symbol.
Angel The Agent of God, often pointing heavenwards; also the guardian of the dead.
Bed A deathbed, sometimes only a pillow.
Book Often with a cross lying on it, symbolizing faith.
Butterfly The Resurrection.
Circle Eternity; incorporated into the Celtic cross.
Column The broken column traditionally signifies mortality; the support of life being broken.
Cross has several meanings, but it is above all the symbol of the Christian religion.
Crown The emblem of the Christian martyr who may expect reward in heaven
Cypress Tree Mourning and death on account of its dark color, and because once cut down, it never grows again.
Dove The Holy Ghost or peace.
Gates Entry into Heaven.
Hands When clasped are a symbol of farewell. On Jewish tombs two outstretched hands with thumbs touching symbolize a descendant of Aaron, the High Priest (nearly all named Cohen).
Heart Love and devotion.
Horse Strength, courage or the swiftness of the passage of time.
Hourglass The traditional symbol of Father Time, who also carries a scythe.
Ivy The evergreen, symbolizing immortality or friendship.
Labyrinth In popular usage, symbolizes eternity; used in esoteric tradition to represent the inward path.
Lamb Innocence, sometimes used on a child’s grave.
Lamp Immortality, knowledge of God.
Laurel Fame, often of literary or artistic figure.
Lily Purity.
Lion Courage, strength, the Resurrection.
Obelisk Eternal life, from the Egyptian sun-worshipping symbol.
Palm Triumph of a martyr over death.
Passion Flower Christ’s passion, sacrifice and redemption.
Phoenix Christ’s Resurrection.
Rocks The Church or Christian steadfastness.
Rose Sinless, usually associated with the Virgin Mary or Paradise.
Scythe or Sickle The passage of time and death.
Shell Pilgrimage, the badge of the pilgrims who travelled to Compostella in Spain.
Ship The Christian church, symbolically carrying the faithful through the world.
Skull Mortality.
Snake With its tail in its mouth, symbolizes eternity.
Sundial Passage of time.
Sword Justice, constancy or fortitude.
Torch Immortality; upturned, symbolizes life extinguished.
Tree Life, regeneration and immortality.
Urn Draped and empty, symbolized death, derived from classical cinerary urns; if flaming indicates new life.
Water A hand pouring water from a flagon may occur on Jewish tombs of the Levites whose duty in the synagogue is to pour water upon the hands of the priests.
Wheat Fruitfulness harvested.
Willow Grief and mourning.
Yew Mourning, on account of its dark color and its association with churchyards.