Thursday, June 25, 2009
Symbols of Death
ANCHOR: A symbol of hope that one can cling to through troubled times.
BOOK: The Book of Life, wherein one’s destiny is written.
BROKEN CHAIN: When this symbol appears upon a memorial, it represents the bonds of family that have been sundered through death.
CIRCLE: A symbol of eternity. When complete and whole, the circle represents the hope for unending life in the next world. A broken circle signifies that life has ended.
COVERED URN: A symbol of death and mourning used from Roman times onward.
CROWN: A symbol of glory in the afterlife and victory over death.
LIT TORCH: The flame of life. When upended, the torch indicates that life has been snuffed out.
TREE STUMP: The severing of life, often before its proper time.