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Symbols used on cemetery monuments provide a muted yet powerful message about the grave occupant. This collection of monument images shows the contexts in which the symbols are used.

Symbols used on cemetery monuments provide a muted yet powerful message about the grave occupant. This collection of monument images shows the contexts in which the symbols are used.

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    • Cemetery symbols
    • Cemetery Symbols
      • Symbols: Objects that carry a secondary meaning
        • Abstract concepts
          • Sorrow
          • Mortality
        • Ideologies
          • Religious faith
          • Hope in resurrection
      • Individualised messages
        • Information about the life of the deceased
          • Hobbies
          • Profession
    • Symbols and their meanings
      • Acroterion (Acroteria) = decoration
      • Anchor = faith, sailor
      • Angel = God’s messenger
      • Book = book of Life (recording a name destined for eternity)
      • Bugle = soldier
      • Candelabra = ancient symbol of Judaism (Jews)
      • Calvary = Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)
    • Symbols and their meanings
      • Column = commemoration of a life (Broken column = a life cut short)
      • Cross = symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross
      • Dove = peace
      • Drape = mourning
      • Finial = Gothic decoration
      • Grapevine = Christ and His church
      • Hands = devotion, parting, reuniting at death
      • Heart = person, devotion
    • Symbols and their meanings
      • IHS = “ I esous,” (Greek word for Jesus)
      • I.N.R.I. = “ I esus Nazarenus Rex I udaeorum” (Jesus, King of the Jews)
      • Ivy = tenacious (persistent) faith
      • Koen = Jewish priestly blessing
      • Lily = resurrection
      • Magen David = Jewish identity
      • Pebbles = “I have visited your resting place”
      • Urn = mourning
    • Symbols and their meanings
      • Obelisk = Rays of the Sun
      • Rose = shortness of life (bud = child, flower = adult)
      • Scroll = life, time
      • Square & compass = Freemasonry
      • Star = Christ
      • Washing = descendant of Levi
    • Acroteria
    • Acroteria (Shells)
    • Anchor
    • Anchor
    • Anchor
    • Anchor
    • Angel
    • Angel and Rustic Cross
    • Angel and Rustic Cross
    • Canopied Angel and Flaming Urns
    • Mourning Angels
    • Book
    • Book
    • Book
    • Bugle
    • Calvary and Latin Cross
    • Calvary and Latin Cross
    • Calvary and Latin Cross
    • Calvary and Latin Cross
    • Calvary Cross
    • Inhabited Cross and Calvary
    • Seven-Branched Candelabra
    • Rustic Column
    • Shrouded Column
    • Shrouded column
    • Shrouded column
    • Shrouded column
    • Broken Column
    • Shrouded, wreathed, broken column
    • Bottonee Cross
    • Fleury Cross
    • Fleury Cross
    • Fleury Cross
    • Celtic Crosses
    • Celtic Crosses
    • Celtic Cross
    • Celtic Cross
    • Celtic Cross and “IHS”
    • Celtic Cross and “IHS”
    • Celtic Cross
    • Celtic Cross
    • Celtic Cross
    • Eastern Orthodox (Russian) Cross
    • Russian Cross
    • Russian Cross
    • Russian Cross
    • Russian Cross
    • Rustic Russian Cross
    • Russian Cross and Roses
    • “ Inhabited” Russian Cross
    • “ Canopied” Russian Cross
    • Slate Inscription
    • Shrouded Die and Cross
    • Celtic Cross
    • Celtic Cross
    • Rustic Cross
    • Rustic Cross
    • Rustic Cross
    • Canopied Cross
    • Dove
    • Dove
    • Dove
    • Dove
    • Finial
    • Grapevine
    • Clasped hands
    • Clasped Hands
    • IHS
    • Heart
    • Ivy
    • Ivy
    • Koen
    • Lily
    • Lily
    • Lion
    • Magen David – the “Star of David”
    • Koen
    • 7-branched candelabra
    • AIF plaque - Christian
    • AIF plaque - Jewish
    • AIF soldier headstone - Jewish
    • Magen David and Koen
    • Scroll
    • Canopied Angel and Broken Column
    • Broken Column
    • Mourner
    • Mourner
    • Sport
    • Sport
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
    • Sailor’s hat
    • Cross
    • Canopied Chest Tomb
    • Canopied Chest Tomb
    • Canopied Chest Tomb
    • “ Sursum Corda”
    • “ Lift Up Your Hearts”
    • Life’s Journey: From Greece to Brisbane
    • Flaming, Shrouded Urn
    • Sentinel Obelisks and Mourner
    • Monogram
    • Monogram
    • Crossed Rifles and Scroll
    • Governor Blackall’s Gothic Spire
    • Military Glory
    • Monogram
    • Obelisk
    • Obelisk
    • Obeliski
    • Columns and Obeliski
    • Obelisk
    • Pebbles
    • Pebbles
    • Pebbles
    • Portrait
    • Star
    • Rustic Scroll
    • Chest Tomb
    • Square & compasses
    • Torah (Jewish Holy Text)
    • Rose
    • Draped Urn
    • Jewish ritual washing