Cemetery Symbolism–Mortality

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Mortality symbolism images have been added to our symbolism pages. From the Hour Glass to the Grim Reaper, we find constant reminders of our mortality on tombstones.

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Candle, Father Time, Skeleton, Hourglass

At left the skeleton is snuffing out the candle of life while the grim reaper holds the hour glass.

Cemetery Symbolism Hand with Broken Chain, Drapery

A broken chain symbolizes the soul is freed — removed by death. Three chain links is a symbol of the Order of the Odd Fellows. Links can also be a symbol of living or deceased family members.

Death's Head, Hour Glass, Coat of Arms

The Death’s Head is a symbol of mortality that is typically depicted with a winged skull with bones.

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