Cemetery Tips 3 About Tombstone Symbols

Cemetery Tips 3: Meaning of Symbols


Cemetery Tips 3 gives you the meaning of the various symbols appearing on tombstones.

6. Tombstone Symbols and What They Mean:

I am only going to briefly touch upon this subject because it is best done with the ability to show the images you're describing and I have difficulties in this chat room. However, I can tell you about some of the common ones you'll run across:

A. Lamb = child or young person; innocence.
B. Chain or broken chain = end of life, life cut short.
C. Clasping Hands = farewell to earthly existence.
D. Hand/Finger pointing up = ascend to Heaven.
E. Hand/Finger pointing down = hand of God descending from heaven/used also for untimely or young person.
F. Column = mortality. Broken column means break in earthly to heavenly life.
G. Rabbit = humility, gentleness, self-sacrifice.
H. Skull = death and mortality. A winged skull symbolizes the ascension into heaven.


I. Fallen Tree = mortality, death.
J. Tree Trunk/Stump = could mean grave of Woodmen of the World member; broken branches on the tree symbolize a
life cut short.
K. Angel = a guide to Heaven.
L. Urn = the soul.
M. Soldier on Horse = A soldier's grave. There are various meanings to the feet of the horse: two or more feet raised
- death in battle. One leg raised fully off the ground - death from wounds suffered in battle.
N. Standing square or at rest - death of natural causes.

This is a part of the presentation given by Danita H. Smith on July 21, 2010. This presentation was presented
on Ancestorville.com. You are welcome to check out Ancestorville.com's Facebook Fan Page for the complete
presentation Click on the Notes Tab at the top of the page.

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