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  • All-seeing Eye -- Symbolizes God. The All Seeing Eye of God is two hands clasped            for farewell, and a broken chain symbolizing the death of a family member.
    Anchor/ Ships -- Hope or Seafaring profession, Early Christian symbol of hope
  • Angel, Flying -- Rebirth; Resurrection.
  • Angel, Trumpeting -- Resurrection. Weeping, Grief
  • Angel, Weeping -- Grief and Mourning.
  • Arch - Victory in death.
  • Arrow-- Mortality.
  • Bird- Eternal life.
  • Bird, Flying-- Resurrection.
  • Book--Representation of a holy book: i.e. the Bible.
  • Books-- A pair of Holy Books on Mormon (LDS) headstones indicates the Bible and               Book of Mormon
  • Books-- Three Holy Books on Mormon headstones indicates the Bible, Book of                     Mormon, and Doctrine & Covenants -- all of which are scripture to the LDS Church.
  • Breasts (Gourds, Pomegranates) -- Nourishment of soul
  • Bouquets/Flowers -- Condolences, grief, sorrow
  • Broken Column -- Loss of Head of Family
  • Broken Ring -- Family Circle Severed
  • Buds/Rosebud -- Morning of Life or Renewal of Life
  • Bugles -- Resurrection and the Military
  • Butterfly -- Short-lived - Early Death
  • Candle Flame-- Life
  • Candle Snuffed -- Time, mortality
  • Cedar Tree-- Symbolizes consecration.
  • Cherub -- Angelic
  • Coffin, Father Time, Picks/Shovels -- Mortality
  • Columns and Doors - Heavenly entrance.
  • Corn -- Ripe Old Age
  • Cross -- Emblem of Faith Common variations include the Latin cross, the Greek cross, the                Celtic cross, the Maltese cross, and the Russian or Eastern cross.
  • Cross and Anchor-- Early Christian symbol referring to Christ as “hope we have as              an anchor of the soul, both sincere and steadfast”
  • Crossed Swords -- High-ranking military person
  • Crown- Glory of life after death.
  • Crown and Cross -- symbolize the reward of the faithful
  • Cup or Chalice- The Sacraments.
  • Cypress Tree-- Symbolizes mourning
  • Dove- Purity; Devotion.
  • Dove, Flying- Resurrection.
  • Drapes- Mourning; Mortality.
  • Eye of God-- Symbolizes the omnipresence of God. The Eye of God enclosed in a                      triangle represents the Holy Trinity.                                                                        Figs, Pineapples and other fruit --Prosperity, eternal life                     Flame or Light- Life; Resurrection.
  • Flower- Fragility of life.
    • Daisy–Innocence
    • Lily–Purity
    • Calla lily–Marriage
    • Lily of the Valley–Purity & humility
    • Pansy–Remembrance & humility
    • Poppy–Sleep
    • Rose–Associated with the Virgin Mary, the red rose symbolizes martyrdom, and the white rose symbolizes purity.
  • Flower, Severed Stem- Shortened life.
  • Flying Birds -- Flight of the Soul
  • Full-Blown Rose -- Prime of Life
  • Garland - Victory in death.
  • Hand, Pointing Up- Pathway to heaven; Heavenly reward.
  • Hands, Clasped- The goodbyes said at death.
  • Hand of God Chopping -- Sudden Death
  • Handshakes -- Farewell
  • Harp -- Praise to the Maker
  • Heart- Love; Love of God; Mortality.
  • Heart encircled with Thorns -- Symbolizes the suffering of Christ
  • Heart Pierced by a Sword -- Symbolizes the Virgin Mary
  • Horns -- The Resurrection
  • Hourglass- Passing of time.
  • Hourglass, Flying- Time flies.
  • Imps -- Mortality
  • Ivy -- Friendship and Immortality
  • Lamb- Innocence.
  • Laurel ---Fame or Victory
  • Lily or Lily of Valley -- Emblem of Innocence and Purity
  • Lion- Courage; the Lion of Judah.
  • Morning Glory -- Beginning of Life
  • Mourning figure -- Common early twentieth-century image.
  • Oak Leaves and Acorn -- Maturity, Ripe Old Age
  • Oak Tree-- symbolizes strength and renewal of life, also a Druid symbol
  • Obelisk -- Nineteenth century Egyptian revival decoration
  • Olive Tree -- Symbolizes peace.
  • Open Book/ Bible -- Deceased Teacher, Minister, etc.
  • Pall- Mortality.
  • Palm – martyrdom, eternal peace, praise, triumph and thanksgiving
  • Palm Branch -- Signifies Victory and Rejoicing
  • Pick- Death; Mortality.
  • Poppy -- Sleep
  • Portals -- Passageway to eternal journey
  • Rod or Staff- Comfort for the bereaved.
  • Rooster- Awakening; Resurrection.
  • Roses -- Brevity of earthly existence. A red rose symbolizes martyrdom and a white                          rose symbolizes purity
  • Scythe- Death; The divine harvest.
  • Seashell- Resurrection; Life everlasting; Life's pilgrimage.
  • Sheaf of Wheat -- Ripe for Harvest, Divine Harvest, Time
  • Skull- Mortality.
  • Skull/ Crossed Bones- Death.
  • Skeleton- Life's brevity.
  • Snake (Tail in Mouth) - Everlasting life in heaven.
  • Spade- Mortality; Death.
  • Stars and Stripes Around Eagle -- Eternal Vigilance, Liberty
  • Sun Rising- Renewed life.
  • Sun Shining-Life everlasting.
  • Sun Setting- Death.
  • Thistles -- Remembrance or Scottish descent
  • Tombs -- Mortality
  • Torch Inverted -- Life Extinct
  • Tree- Life.
    • Oak–Symbolizes the tree from which the cross was made. Oak has become the symbol of Christ.
    • Palm– a symbol of military victory,  a symbol of Christ’s victory over death, martyrdom and eternal peace.
    • Weeping Willow–A symbol of sorrow and mourning.
  • Tree Sprouting- Life everlasting.
  • Tree with Severed Branch- Mortality.
  • Tree Stump- Life interrupted.
  • Tree Stump w/Ivy -- Head of Family - Immortality
  • Tree Trunk- Brevity of life.
  • Tree Trunk Leaning- Short interrupted life.
  • Trefoil -- Three leaf clover or shamrock, symbolizes the Holy Trinity
  • Trumpeters -- Heralds of the Resurrection
  • Urn- Immortality (ancient Egyptian belief that life would be restored in the future                       through the vital organs placed in the urn).
  • Urn with /Wreath or Crepe -- Mourning
  • Urn with Blaze -- Undying Friendship
  • Weeping Willow Tree- Mourning; Grief;.
  • Willows -- Earthly Sorrow
  • Winged Face- Effigy of the deceased soul; the soul in flight.
  • Winged Skull- Flight of the soul from mortal man.
  • Wreath- Victory.
  • Wreath on Skull- Victory of death over life.
  • Wheat Strands or Sheaves- The divine harvest.

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