Cemetery Symbolism–Animals and Insects

Only Sleeping with Lamb

Animals run a wide range of symbolic meaning, from the innocent lamb to the ascending, dove escorting the soul to heaven. Please check out our new symbolism images which includes animals and insects, with a preview below.

Confederate Lion

Confederate Lion, Oak Hill Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

The lion conveys Courage, Majesty and Strength. A winged lion represents St. Mark the Evangelist.

Bird Sitting

A sitting bird is guarding the soul. Birds symbolize transcendence— flight of the soul after death.

Butterfly with Cocoon

The caterpillar, the chrysalis, and then the butterfly or moth are Symbolic of resurrection. The moth, attracted to light, ascends in its final flight toward Heaven. The moth sometimes symbolizes a short life.

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