In our New England cemeteries there is an abundance of interesting artwork on tombstones many of which are well preserved.
Early stones seem to have repeat examples of certain patterns while today there are some examples of beautiful landscapes etched into stone of a more personal nature.
Below is a list of some symbols found in our graveyards.
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Anchor Hope, an anchor of the soul
Angel Effigies—the soul, (flying)—Rebirth or Death Heads Mortality, death or Flying Soul- flight of the soul from the mortal body
Garland Victory in death
Heavenly Hands Handshake- farewell to earthly existence
Ivy Memory and fidelity
Lily Of The Valley, Wilting Rosebud Purity, Innocence, Death, often of a young child
Sun, Star (rising)—renewed life, guiding light
Tree of Life Eternal life
Wheat Sheaves Divine harvest , time, often used to denote old age
Weeping Willow & Urns Grief and sorrow, Urns-Receptacle for the bodily remains/mortality