One of my areas of interest is gravestone symbology. I am fascinated by the hidden meanings on old tombstones and love to seek out examples of my favorites, which include Masonic symbols, weeping willow trees and most of all, apiaries.
There are several lists of symbols and their meanings I use on a regular basis. The first is here and the second is here. Grave Addiction is an excellent general interest site.
When I look at old tombstones and their engravings, especially in contrast to a mass, nearly forgotten grave such as I mentioned above, it makes me realize how important a final tribute is. Seeing the thought and care put into summarizing a person's life in stone is quite amazing.
- Cut/broken tree branch=life cut short
- Masonic compass and level
- Wreath=heavenly joy
- Traditional weeping lady