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					Symbols on Headstones

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Summary:
A list of symbols used on headstones and there meanings.


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headstones, gravestones, symbols


Article Body:
We often see symbols depicted on the front of headstones, many of which
have a meaning. We have compiled a list of symbols and their common
meanings to help you.

Angels

Angels are regularly seen on headstones and symbolise God and
spirituality. Commonly these Angels are Michael, who has a sword and
Gabriel, who is shown with a horn.

Books

Books can depict that the headstone, grave or tombstone is a document
holding information on the life of the deceased. An open book is often
seen as a biography of ones life and a closed book depicts the ending of
the story of the deceased.

 Butterfly

A butterfly is often associated with the resurrection and rebirth of
Christ.

Candles

Candles often represent spirit or the soul in a religious context. The
Christian faith associate candles with Jesus Christ, the Light of the
World. In Catholic burials candles are often left by the grave to
represent the ongoing prayers for the deceased.

Cross

A key symbol of Christianity, symbolises faith, hope and charity.

Doves

A popular symbol used on headstones represents peace and also the Holy
Spirit.

Hearts
Hearts often display love and affection from the living to the deceased,
2 joint hearts can represent marriage.

The Scroll

A scroll depicts the life and times of the deceased as if it unfolded
from the rolled ends with the past and future not on display. If a hand
it holding the scroll this can depict the life being held by Angels.

				
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