Birds of a Feather

Birds are a common symbol on gravestones.

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The image of a hummingbird is often found on infants’ gravestones

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An owl represents solitude; a warning of impending death; watchfulness; or wisdom.

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A rooster often found on weather vanes indicates vigilance and was installed to guard against evil. On a gravestone, the rooster signifies the awakening and the resurrection.

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An eagle is a recognized symbol of a military career, and is symbolic of courage and valor.

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Marblehead, MA USA
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Memphis TN USA

However, the most common bird images on gravestones is a dove, On Christian gravestones it represents the Holy Spirit. On Jewish gravestones the dove represents peace.

The white dove is symbolic of purity and spirituality.

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A dove holding an Olive Sprig represents hope or a promise and is universally recognized as a symbol of peace.

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Winged doves are recognized as a symbol of the soul of the deceased ascending to heaven, and therefore represents the resurrection and rebirth.

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