Anchor Hope, seaman.
Angels Rebirth, resurrection, protection, judgment, wisdom, mercy, Divine love.
Ankh Eternal life, peace, truth.
Arch Victory in death, being rejoined with partner in heaven.
Beehive Domestic virtues, education, faith, abundance in the Promised Land, piety.
Bird Eternal life, winged soul, spirituality.
Book The Divine word or one's accomplishments.
Broken or Draped column Early death, grief.
Burning Flame Life or resurrection.
Caterpillar Life, metamorphosis.
Celtic Cross Faith and eternity.
Chain With Three Links Trinity, faith, Odd Fellows.
Column Noble life.
Conch Shell Wisdom, reincarnation.
Cross Faith, resurrection.
Crown Glory of life after death.
Crown upon Skull Triumph of death.
Cup or Chalice The Sacrament.
Dolphin Resurrection, salvation, bearer of souls across water to heaven.
Door Entrance to heaven.
Dove Love, purity, resurrection, the Holy Spirit.
Drapery or Pall Mourning or mortality.
Eagle Courage, faith, generosity, contemplation, military.
Eye of Ra/Horus Sun/Moon, Life/Death, protection against evil.
Female Figure Sorrow, grief.
Finger Pointing Downward Calling the earth to witness.
Finger Pointing Upward Pathway to heaven, heavenly reward.
Fish Faith, life, spiritual nourishment.
Flag Military, patriotism.
Fleur de lys Perfection, light, life, royalty.
Flower (general) Life's frailty, immortality.
Flying Bird Rebirth.
Frog Worldly pleasure, sin.
Garland Victory over death.
Grim Reaper Inevitability of Death.
Gun Military service.
Hair, Flowing Penitence.
Hands Clasped Farewell, hope of meeting in eternity.
Heart, Pierced by Sword Virgin Mary, Christ, repentance.
Heart, Flaming Religious fervor.
Heart Love, devotion, sorrow, joy, mortality.
Helmet Military service, strength, protection.
Horseshoe Protection against evil.
Hourglass Swift passage of time, temperance.
IHS Eternity (Christian symbol: "In His Service" or "In this sign conquer") Commonly used in Celtic crosses.
Isis Rebirth, the Virgin Mary.
Ivy Fidelity, attachment, undying affection, eternal life.
Lamb Innocence (specially on a child's grave), Resurrection.
Laurel Leaves Triumph.
Lily Purity, sometimes chastity.
Lily of the Valley Rebirth, Virgin Mary.
Lion Courage, bravery, strength.
Lotus Purity, resurrection, perfect beauty, spiritual revelation.
Masonic Compass and Set Square Freemasons, uprightness, judgment.
Memento mori Symbol of death and reminder of mortality.
Menorah Divine wisdom.
Moon Death, rebirth, victory, sorrow of the crucifixion.
Mother and Child Charity, love.
Myrtle Undying love, peace.
Naked Figure Truth, purity, innocence.
Oak Strength of faith and virtue, endurance.
Obelisk Rebirth, connection between earth and heaven.
Olive Branch Peace, forgiveness, humanity.
Open Gates Afterlife, the soul entering heaven.
Owl Wisdom, solitude, a warning of impending death.
Pall Mortality, mourning.
Pansy Remembrance, meditation.
Pick Death, mortality.
Poppies Eternal sleep.
Pyramid Resurrection, eternal life, enlightenment, spiritual attainment.
Rainbow Union, fulfillment of the promise of resurrection.
Ripened Fruit Nourishment of the soul.
Rod or Staff Comfort to the bereaved.
Rooster Awakening, resurrection, courage, vigilance.
Rope Circle Eternity.
Rose Victory, pride, triumphant love, purity.
Scallop Shell Birth, baptism, resurrection, life everlasting, pilgrimage of life.
Scarab Resurrection, transcendence.
Scythe Death, cutting life short, the final harvest.
Severed Branch Mortality.
Shamrock Irish descent, Holy Trinity.
Shattered Urn Old age.
Sheaf of Wheat Old age, fruitful life.
Shepherd's Crook Charity.
Skeleton Death, life's brevity.
Skull & Crossed Bones Death, crucifixion.
Skull Transitory nature of earthly life, penitence, mortality.
Sleeping Cherub Innocence (usually on child's grave).
Smoke Vanity, futility of seeking earthly glory.
Snail Laziness, sin.
Snake, Encircled Everlasting life in heaven. (Also called oroboros)
Spade Mortality, Death.
Spider Web Human frailty.
Star Divine guidance.
Star of David Unity, transformation.
Steps, 3 Tiered Faith, Hope and Charity.
Sun Disc, Winged Spirituality, everlasting life.
Sun Rising Renewed life, resurrection.
Sun Setting Death.
Sun Shining Everlasting life.
Swallow Motherhood, spirit of children, consolation.
Sword, Broken Life cut short.
Sword, Inverted Relinquishment of power, victory.
Sword, Sheathed Temperance.
Swords, Crossed Life lost in battle.
Tablets of the Decalogue Containing the text from Exodus and Deuteronomy given to Moses on Mount Sinai as a symbol of the Old Covenant.
Tetragrammaton Four Hebrew letters Y, H, W, H spelling the true name of God, reminder of God's omnipresence.
Thistle Scottish descent, earthly sorrow, defiance.
Torch, Inverted Life extinguished.
Torch Immortality, purification, truth, wisdom.
Tree Life, knowledge, the fall of man through sin, human fruition or frailty.
Tree Sprouting Life everlasting.
Tree Stump Life interrupted.
Tree Trunk Brevity of life, number of broken branches can indicate deceased family members buried at that site.
Tree Trunk, Leaning Short interrupted life, mourning.
Triangle Holy Trinity.
Triqueta (3 interlocking circles or triangles) Eternity, Trinity, popular motif on Celtic crosses.
Trumpet Announcement of the resurrection or the soul's entrance into heaven.
Urn Immortality, penitence, death of the body and its return to dust in the final resting-place.
Weeping Willow Mourning, grief, lamentation, sorrow.
Wheat Body of Christ.
Wheel Cycle of life, enlightenment, spiritual power.
Winged Face Effigy of the deceased soul, the soul in flight.
Winged Hourglass Fleetness of life, mortality.
Winged Skull Flight of the soul from mortal man.
Wreath, of Roses Heavenly joy and bliss.
Wreath on Skull Victory of death over life.
Yin Yang Circle Harmony, balance, birth and death
Apple Tree Love ~~ Of slight build, lots of charm, appeal and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.
Ash Tree Ambition ~~ Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egotistical, very reliable and trustworthy, prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very seriously.
Beech Tree Creative ~~ Has good taste, concerned about its materialistic belongings, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, conscientious about keeping fit.
Birch Tree Inspiration ~~ Vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm. Not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.
Cedar Tree Confidence ~~ Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for one true love, able to make quick decisions.
Chestnut Tree Honesty ~~ Of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritated and sensitive in company often due to a lack of self-confidence, sometimes acts superior, feels misunderstood, loves only once, has difficulty finding a partner.
Cypress Tree Faithfulness ~~ Strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy, content, optimistic, desires adequate money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover who cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.
Elm Tree Noble ~~ Pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to a know-it-all attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.
Fig Tree Sensible ~~ Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction o arguments, loves life, family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, practical talent, intelligent.
Fir Tree Mystery ~~ Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but care for those close, modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, many lovers, many friends, many foes, very reliable.
Hazelnut Tree Extraordinary ~~ Charming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.
Hornbeam Tree Good Taste ~~ Cool beauty; cares for his/her looks and condition; good taste; tends to egoism; makes life as comfortable as possible; leads reasonable, disciplined life; looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgment; dreams of unusual lovers; is seldom happy with his/her feelings; mistrusts most people; is never sure of his/her decisions; very conscientious.
Lime Tree Doubt ~~ Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.
Maple Tree Independent ~~ No ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respecting, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life wants to impress.
Oak Tree Robust ~~ Courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not love change, keeps his/her feet on the ground, person of action.
Olive Tree Wisdom ~~ Loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.
Pine Tree Decisive ~~ Loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, will experience many disappointments until the ideal is found, trustworthy, practical.
Poplar Tree Uncertainty ~~ Looks very decorative, no self-confidence, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophize, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.
Rowan Tree Sensitivity ~~ Full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.
Walnut Tree Passion ~~ Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistical, aggressive, noble, broad horizons, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, uncompromising.
Weeping Willow Melancholy ~~ Beautiful, but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced, but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but sometimes finds an anchoring partner.
Plinth "Main Entry: plinth Pronunciation: 'plin th Function: nounEtymology: Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos Date: 1601 1 a : the lowest member of a base : SUBBASE b : a block upon which the moldings of an architrave or trim are stopped at the bottom
2 : a usually square block serving as a base; broadly : any of various bases or lower parts -- see BASE illustration
3 : A block or slab upon which a column, pedestal, or statue is based; also the bottom course of stones supporting a wall.
Angels - Angels mean spirituality and they guard the tomb.
Bible - A single Holy Bible is often found on Christian stones.
Holy Books (2) - on Mormon headstones indicates the Bible and the Book of Mormon
Holy Books (3) - on Mormon Headstones, these indicate The Scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine & Covenants.
Chalice - Usually used to represent the Sacraments.
Crescent - the deceased was probably a Muslim.
Crown - The soul's achievement and the Glory of life after death.
Cross - the Cross is an emblem of faith. There are many different types of crosses and each may mean something different. For a good explanation of the various types of crosses, see http://www.alsirat.com/symbols/cross.htmlhttp://www.alsirat.com/symbols/cross.html, a part of The City of the Silent.
Heart (Sacred) - Usually found in Catholic cemeteries, this heart refers to the suffering of Christ for our sins.
Menorah - An emblem of Judaism
Star of David or Mogen David Recognized as the international symbol of Judaism.
Arrow - Mortality
Broken Column -. This image represents the decay. It usually represents the loss of the Family head
Candle being Snuffed - Loss of life.
Coffin - mortality.
Figure with Dart - Mortality
Grim Reaper - Death personified.
Hourglass - Time has run out.
Scythe - An instrument of the harvest, death cuts us down.
Trade and Occupation: (emblems that MIGHT indicate a person's occupation in life)
Barber Bowl (for bleeding) & Razor.
Butcher - an axe, steel knife and cleaver.
Farmer: - Coulter (type of hoe), flail (threshing implement), swingletree (rod for beating flax), stalk of corn.
Gardener - Rake & Spade.
Mason - Wedge & Level
Mariner: - . Anchor, Sextant & Cross Staff
Merchant - Scales, some type of sign.
Minister - Bible
Shoemaker - Leather cutter's Knife, Nippers, Sole cutter & Awl
Smith - Crown, Hammer & Anvil
Teacher - Open Book.
Weaver - Loom, Shuttle & Stretchers.
Wright - (a worker skilled in the manufacture especially of wooden objects --usually used in combination - Compasses
Angel, Flying or Trumpeting - Rebirth; Resurrection.
Bird or Bird Flying - Eternal life, Resurrection.
Cross: - The Cross means resurrection to many Christians.
Dove, Flying - Resurrection.
Flame, Light, Lamp or Torch: - Immortality of the Spirit, Resurrection.
Garland or Wreath - Symbol of saintliness and glory, Victory in death.
Horns -- The Resurrection
Ivy - Immortality
Rooster- Awakening; Resurrection.
Star - Death could not overpower the Light of the Spirit which still shines in the darkness.
Sun - A symbol of light and warmth, renewed life and life everlasting.
Trumpeters -- Harbingers of the Resurrection
Urn - Immortality (The storing of the vital organs was of extreme importance to the ancient Egyptians who believed that life would be restored through the vital organs placed in the urn).
Birds - Eternal life or resurrection.
Butterfly - Short-life.
Dog - Implies a good master worthy of love.
Dove - Seen in both Christian and Jewish cemeteries, the dove means innocence and/ or peace.
Lamb - Usually marks the grave of a child and means Innocence.
Lion - The Lion's eternal watch guards the tomb and stands for Courage.
Rooster - Awakening; Resurrection.
Fruits -- Eternal plenty as in the fruit of life.
Full-Blown Rose - The deceased died in the prime of life
Ivy - stands for friendship and also immortality.
Laurel -- A symbol of worldly accomplishment and heroism.
Lily - The virgins' flower and also the symbol of innocence and purity.
Morning Glory - Signifies the beginning of Life
Oak., Oak Leaves and Acorn - . Oak leaves on tombs can stand for power, authority or victory. Often seen on Military tombs
Palm Branch - Signifies Victory and Rejoicing
Poppy - Eternal Sleep.
Roses - signify completion and the brevity of earthly existence.
Rosemary - Rosemary is for remembrance. Thistles can also stand for remembrance.
Thistle - Deceased was of Scottish descent.
Tree or Trees
A Tree stands for life.
A Tree Sprouting stands for life everlasting.
Tree Trunk stands for the brevity of life.
Stones shaped liked Tree Stumps usually signify that the deceased was a member of The Woodmen of the World
Weeping Willow Tree - Perpetual Mourning; Grief.
Wheat Strands or Sheaves - The divine harvest.
Broken Ring -- The family circle has been severed.
Cherub - Cherubs are angelic and signify innocence.
Crossed Swords - . Military person of high rank
Hands in cemeteries are usually in one of the following four positions; clasping, praying, pointing, and blessing.
Hand, Pointing Up - Pathway to heaven.
Hands, Clasped - Farewells or the bond of marriage
Hands, Praying - Asking God for Eternal life.
Hands, Blessing - Blessing of those left behind.
Harp - Praise to the God.
Heart - Love. Stylized hearts stand for the affection of the living for the dead. Two joined hearts on a stone mark a marriage,
Rod or Staff - Comfort for the bereaved.
Stars and Stripes Around Eagle -- Eternal vigilance and liberty. Often seen on military markers.
Urn with Flame - Undying remembrance