Book Symbolism

A variety of  book symbols are visible on graves in the form of marble objects, engraved images or actual headstones in the shape of a book.


A book may be symbolic of the Bible especially if a citation from scripture is present; the most common is resurrection John 3:15: That whoever believes in him may have eternal life. The intention is to advise mourners that worldly concerns are over.

Milton evergreen_Bible Roses

The Bible symbol is often used on the gravestones of clerygymen or devoted religious people.
Into thine hands I commit my spirit.     Psalm 31.5

An open book can be used to document history, representing vital statistics and good deeds or accomplishments.

Milton evergreen_Open book Rose

In loving memory of William Small a merchant in Edinburgh died in 1891. A wise counsellor and friend to the poor and fatherless who did justly, loved mercy and walked humbly. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Dalkeith_mossy book

In life loved and honoured
In death remembered.

A closed book represents a story (a life) ended.
Death is but the portal to Eternal Life.

Milton evergreen_bible closed

If the book displays a dog eared page, it is symbolic of knowledge and memory.
Always remembered

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. 1921

A silent thought, a secret fear keeps his memory ever dear. Royal Army Medical Corp Gravestone 1915

Always in my thoughts

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