THE MEANING OF
MEMORIAL HEADSTONE SYMBOLS
When visiting a cemetery you may notice that there are many types of headstones
that depict different symbols. It’s important to understand the meaning
of these symbols since they represent information about the customs, profession
and personality of a deceased loved one.
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symbolizes the pathway to Heaven or the
deceased’s Heavenly reward.
is a symbol of death, rebirth or victory.
means truth, equality
and the holy trinity.
cycle of life,
or spiritual power.
a rising sun symbolizes
renewed life or resurrection, a setting
sun represents death and a shining
sun is a symbol of everlasting life.
memory and undying affection.
represents the body of Christ.
shows affection, love and devotion
for the dead. Two joined hearts on a headstone
depict a happy marriage.
symbolizes that the deceased
was a member of the military.
is a symbol of life and time.
symbolizes triumph over
death or everlasting memory
of the deceased.
represents divine wisdom or justice.
A sleeping cherub symbolizes innocence.
represents resurrection, life everlasting,
the pilgrimage of one’s
life and the baptism of one’s soul.
purity of thought.
symbolizes the power
of God and guards the
tomb against evil spirits.
is a symbol of chastity, innocence,
purity and resurrection.
is a symbol of love, hope, unfailing love,
victory, triumph and purity.
is a symbol of
the swift passage of
time, or the shortness
of life on earth.
is symbolic of Christ’s resurrection.
is a symbol of divine guidance.
A 5-pointed star represents the Star of Bethlehem;
a 6-pointed star represents God’s creation.
highlights spiritual victory, success and eternal peace.
It also symbolizes Christ’s resurrection.
means innocence. It is
often used on an infant’s or
a child’s headstone.
is a symbol for
resurrection, eternal life,
and spiritual attainment.
love and truth.
Simplifiying End-of-Life Managment
is a symbol of reward and glory,
and life after death.
symbolizes a deceased’s
noble life. When depicted
as broken or in a draped
format, a column symbolizes
early death, mourning and grief.
is a symbol of faith and resurrection.
In military graveyards a cross
represents trials, victory and reward.
are a symbol of the Bible,
Divine Words or the deceased’s
represents the soul, a messenger
of God or peace, eternal life, or spirituality.
symbolizes hope and
steadfastness. An anchor with
a broken chain indicates
cessation of life. Anchors are
often used on the headstone
of a deceased seaman.
means awakening, courage and vigilance.
is a symbol of peace, forgiveness and humanity.
symbolizes the power of God and
guards the tomb against evil spirits.
is a symbol for eternal sleep.