Garland and Wreaths

The visually similar garland and wreath are created with flowers or leaves. Originally a symbol of victory, in Christianity it symbolizes victory over death in eternity.

Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. 

Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.

 

The evergreen leaves of the ivy represent immortality.

wreath_ivy

The grape wreath symbolizes the blood of Christ. Arrows pointing to Heaven also represent martyrdom and mortality.

Grape Wreath Arrows

 

wreath Campbellville 1894

Sleep on sweet babes, and take your rest
He called you home, He thought it best.

The obelisk represents the connection between earth and Heaven; and in conjunction with a wreath it is a symbol of eternal life.

Wreath Obelisk A wreath combined with a cross is a symbol of rebirth.

wreath_CROSS RIP

A hand reaching down represents the hand of God reaching from Heaven to take the soul. It reminds us of our mortality.

 

The memorial stone below was erected by the Independent Order of Forresters, a fraternity offering aid and care to the sick.

wreath_oakville 1921

The image below shows a shield within the wreath. Unfortunately it is too deteriorated to see any detail but most likely a family crest.

wreath_Puslinch_Crown 1860

A laurel wreath is an incomplete circle.

I leave the world without a tear
Save for the friends I hold so dear.
To hear their sorrows Lord descend
And to the friendless prove a friend   

laurel wreath Oakville 1842

A laurel wreath displayed with sun rays represents everlasting life.

Laurel wreath

Two wreaths flank a Greek cross with four arms equal in length. It is the traditional symbol of Christian faith. In pre-Christian times it represented the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

wreath_Cross Wreaths

 

 

      

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