One of the most common Christian symbols displayed on old gravestones is the hand with the pointing finger.
When the finger points upward it indicates the journey of the soul after death and is a sign of the ascent of the deceased to Heaven where the worries of the world are past.
A hand reaching down represents the hand of God reaching from Heaven to take the soul. It reminds us of our mortality.
A broken link always symbolizes the death of a family member. A hand holding the broken chain represents God taking the soul home.
The scroll is a symbol of life and time, the drapery represents the partition between life and death.