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In Christianity the thorny leaves represent pain, sin and punishment. Acanthus symbolizes immortality in Mediterranean countries.
Acacia represents eternal life and resurrection – immortality of the soul.
The tree of life, at left, includes acacia to the right of the tree base.
The acorn is a symbol of fertility and life. Also see Oak Leaves.
A classical ornament featuring honeysuckle or palmettes with foliage below – primarily decorative.
An Apple is the fruit of salvation; health and immortality.
Bellflower or Bluebell
Constancy and gratitude. Sorrowful Regret. The harebell, Scottish bluebell, or bluebell of Scotland, is a species of flowering plant in the bellflower family.
A fully opened flower with a broken stem represents the death of a mature adult. A bud with a broken stem represents the death of a child — a life cut short.
The Calla Lily represents marriage; fidelity; majestic beauty. Christian Easter services use the Calla Lily as a symbol for the Resurrection. “Calla” means “Beautiful.”
The chrysanthemum symbolizes longevity, immortality, fullness and completeness.
The clover is a symbol of the Trinity and a symbol of Ireland.
Corn is a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Corn (maize) represents all the people as well as all the things in the universe for Native Americans.
Daffodil or Narcissus
According to the Greek legend of Narcissus, he fell into a pool of water and drowned while admiring his own image in the reflection. A beautiful flower emerged, now named the Narcissus. The triumph of divine love, sacrifice, and eternal life over death, selfishness and sin. Regard, Desire.
Daisies often indicate a child’s grave and represents the innocence of childhood and young people. The Daisy is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Dogwood is a symbol of regeneration, divine sacrifice and triumph of eternal life.
The fern is a symbol of humility, solitude and sincerity.
The three segments symbolize faith, wisdom and valor. The Trinity, passion and love. Used as a symbol of the Boy Scouts of America.
Life’s frailty, brevity of life. A bouquet represents life cut short; grief.
A basket of flowers represents nature’s blessing. A tipped basket represents life’s end. A basket my be simply decorative.
Victory in Death. Also see Wreaths and Swags.
Grapes, or Fruit, generally represent Eternal Plenty or Heavenly Abundance.
In ancient mythology, the Iris was a messenger of the Gods.
Ivy is a symbol of Immortality, Faithfulness and of Memory and Friendship.
Laurel represents special achievements, distinction, success, triumph of worldly accomplishment, and heroism.
The Lily is a symbol of innocence and purity. The white lily is used to symbolize the resurrection of Christ and restoration of innocence of the soul. It is used at funerals to symbolize the restoration of innocence of the soul.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley is for purity and innocence. Return of Happiness.
Egyptian symbol of purity, resurrection, evolution, potential. Eloquence.
The lotus closes at night and sinks underwater. In the morning it re-emerges and blooms again. Thus the flower became a natural symbol of the sun and creation.
Beginning of a new life; youth or resurrection.
Oak Tree, Leaves
Oak leaves stand for strength, endurance, power, authority, longevity or victory.
The Olive Branch symbolizes peace as well as fruitfulness, strength, and victory.
The palm signifies victory over death and rejoicing.
The Palmetto tree is on the state flag of South Carolina to represent the defense of the palmetto-log fort during the Revolutionary War.
Think of me, thoughts, remembrance, humility.
In Egypt, papyrus was a natural symbol of life itself and the primeval marsh from which all life came. Papyrus pillars were said to hold up the sky.
The Passion Flower symbolizes Christ’s Passion, Redemption and Crucifixion. “The Passion of Christ”
Ancient symbol for regeneration and fertility; immortality.
Rejuvenation, immortality, resurrection.
Rest, sleep, peace, immortality.
The evening primrose represents eternal love, memory, youth, hope and sadness.
A fully opened Rose may indicate that the deceased died in the prime of life. The rose also signifies love, beauty and condolence. A rose bud symbolizes a life cut short and is most often found on the graves of children. A rose with a broken stem represents a life cut short. A fully opened rose with a broken stem represents the death of a mature adult.
A rose bud symbolizes a life cut short and is most often found on the graves of children.
Rose with a Broken Stem
A fully opened rose with a broken stem represents the death of a mature adult.
In Catholic iconography the sun represents the divine light of God and the Sunflower represents the devout striving toward God.
The thistle frequently represents someone of Scottish descent. It can also mean earthly sorrow or defiance.
A tree may represent knowledge as in the “tree of knowledge.” A broken tree branch may signify a life cut short.
A tree stump means life was interrupted. A severed tree branch symbolizes the end of life cycle.
Venus Fly Trap
From David M. Habben: The Venus fly trap reminds us to keep our options open. To open our hearts. To not make hasty decisions.
The divine harvest; old age, fruitful life, life fulfilled.
The willow tree represents perpetual mourning and grief.
Victory in Death. Wreath of Roses – Heavenly Joy. Beauty and virtue rewarded in time.