· Anchor - seafarer, also a Christian symbol for hope/salvation. When the anchor is wrapped in vines, it
represents strong Christian faith.
· Angel flying or with trumpet - resurrection
· Ankh - Egyptian symbol for life and immortality
· Baby’s face with wings - departure of the soul
· Bird - soul or spirit, resurrection
· Broken column - a person, especially one of great promise, who has died young.
· Butterfly - soul or spirit, resurrection
· Celtic Cross - union of heaven and earth
· Cherub - the soul
· Christian Cross - death and resurrection
· Dawn - rays of the sun, the triumph of day(life) over night (death)
· Door - passage from this world to the next
· Feather - ascension, prayer and faith
· Fleur-de-lys - three prongs, representing the Holy Trinity
· Garlands - victory in death
· Grapes/grapevines - sacrifice
· Handshake - farewell and friendship.
· Hourglass - a reminder of mortality
· Ivy - immortality
· Lamb - purity, innocence, sacrifice
· Lamb bearing flag/cross - Christ’s sacrifice
· Laurel wreath - earthly success, victory, immortality
· Laurel wreath, inverted - death and resurrection
· Palm branch - righteousness, resurrection, martyrdom
· Pelican - sacrifice of Christ on the Cross
· Pillar - tree of life, linking heaven and earth
· Scales - justice, balance
· Skulls - seat of the spirit, intellect and the part of the body most resistant to decay (not a sign of
pirates: the Jolly Rodger flag used in the skull and crossbones to put the fear of death into sailors)
· Snake biting its own tail, (orouboros) - rebirth, immortality.
· Snake wrapped around a staff (Cadaceus) - doctor or surgeon
· Square and Compass - Masonic symbol of judgment/geometry
· Star - light overcoming darkness, enlightenment, wisdom
· Torch inverted - if burning, resurrection, if extinguished, death
· Urn - mourning. If unwrapped, a young person, if draped an older person.