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Dove Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity The little bird appears in both Christian (usually Catholic) and Jewish cemeteries.   Catholics usually see the dove (which makes its first Biblical appearance in Genesis carrying an olive branch for Noah) as the Holy Spirit.   Jews interpret the dove as a peace symbol.   The biblical allusion to the dove also suggest a connectedness with the earth and its colour, white, represents for Europeans, purity and spirituality.

Dove Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity The little bird appears in both Christian (usually Catholic) and Jewish cemeteries. Catholics usually see the dove (which makes its first Biblical appearance in Genesis carrying an olive branch for Noah) as the Holy Spirit. Jews interpret the dove as a peace symbol. The biblical allusion to the dove also suggest a connectedness with the earth and its colour, white, represents for Europeans, purity and spirituality.

The entwined letters D and R, the crescent moon, the dove and the three-link chain are all common symbols of the Daughters of Rebekah.

The Meanings of Common Tombstone Symbols and Icons

Usually found on the graves of women who died young. A dove represents peace and purity; sometimes it is shown as ascending into heaven, or lying dead if a person perished suddenly.

This is a headstone from 1900. The snake and olive branches are symbolic of the…

Franz Leuffen Detail of a grave at the Melaten Cemetery Cologne. This one is highly remarkable because of it's rich symbolism. med Franz Leuffen is the author of a book concerning post-mortem examinations, written in the Dr. Leuffen died in

The olive branch, often depicted in the mouth of a dove, symbolizes peace - that the soul has departed in the peace of God. It can also be meant as fruitfulness, purification, and victory.

The olive branch, often depicted in the mouth of a dove, symbolizes peace - that the soul has departed in the peace of God. It can also be meant as fruitfulness, purification, and victory.

Photo Gallery of Cemetery Symbolism: Olive Branch /  Tombstone of John Kress (1850 - 1919) and his wife, Freda (1856 - 1929), Robinson's Run Cemetery, South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania. The olive branch, often depicted in the mouth of a dove, symbolizes peace - that the soul has departed in the peace of God. The association...

The Meanings of Common Tombstone Symbols and Icons

The olive branch, often depicted in the mouth of a dove, symbolizes peace - that the soul has departed in the peace of God.

Pointing finger on headstone in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA - photo by Kimberly Powell, via genealogy.about;  "A hand with index finger pointing upward symbolizes the hope of heaven, while a hand with forefinger pointing down represents God reaching down for the soul. ... Hands carved into gravestones represent the deceased's relationships with other human beings and with God. Cemetery hands tend to be shown doing one of four things: blessing, clasping, pointing, and praying."

The Meanings of Common Tombstone Symbols and Icons

Hands - Pointing Finger A hand with index finger pointing upward symbolizes the hope of heaven, while a hand with forefinger pointing down represents God reaching down for the soul.

Death & Gravestone Symbolism

Death & Gravestone Symbolism from LifeInsuranceFinder.au takes an in-depth look at the most common signs and symbols used on gravestones around the world.

Cemetery Iconography ~ clues carved in stone #headstone #tombstone #gravestone

Albany Rural Cemetery - a good guide to common cemetery symbols and what certain symbols on graves mean. I will never look at graves the same.

One of the oldest gravestones to be found in a churchyard. Below the skull carving are the words “memento more” which are usually written as Momento Mori. Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning “Be mindful of death” and may be translated as “Remember that you are mortal,” “Remember you will die,” “Remember that you must die,” or “Remember your death”.

mariadoroteaj: One of the oldest gravestones to be found in a churchyard. Below the skull carving are the words “memento more” which are usually written as Momento Mori. Memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning “Be mindful of death” and may be translated as

Symbols of death on a tomb in Necropolis of Alexander Nevsky Lavra [Lazarevskoe Cemetery] in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Symbols of death on a tomb in Necropolis of Alexander Nevsky Lavra [Lazarevskoe Cemetery] in Saint Petersburg, Russia🔵

I guess it's macabre, but I loved exploring the tombstones at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.  I thought the carvings were beautiful works of art :o)    I guess they're like everything else....they don't make them like that anymore

I guess it's macabre, but I loved exploring the tombstones at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I thought the carvings were beautiful works of art :o) I guess they're like everything else.

Katrina Van Tassel's grave at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, NY  Catriena Ecker Van Tessel: Katrina was the girl that Ichabod Crane fancied in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Katrina Van Tassel's grave at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, NY Catriena Ecker Van Tessel: Katrina was the girl that Ichabod Crane loved in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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