A heart is the universal symbol for love and devotion. In the graveyard it represents mortality and the essence of life i.e. a person’s spirit or soul, and is therefore symbolic of charity, courage, joy, and sorrow.
This grave appears to be the resting place of a mother and daughter, Catherine and Annie, who died aged 64 years and 27 years in the latter part of the 19th century.
- On the left: Mite Cor Jesu Miserere Nobis: Gentle Heart Of Jesus, Have Mercy On Them. A a cross emerging from a heart is surrounded by sun rays which represents the resurrection.
- The central iconography displaying a cross and crown symbolizes the reward of eternal life after death for those who believe in the crucified Savior. The grapes and leaves represents Jesus Christ and the Christian faith where wine symbolizes the blood of Jesus and the Sacraments.
- The engraving on the right shows a heart pierced by a sword. This is symbolic of Christ and repentance. “Yea, a sword shall pierce through thine own soul.” (Luke 2:35) Dulce Cor Marie Ora Pro Eis: Sweet Heart Of Mary, Pray For Them.
The rose represents love and purity and the brevity of life on earth.
Two joined hearts on a stone identify a marriage.
The Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light. It is symbolic of religious fervour.
A heart encircled with thorns symbolizes the suffering of Christ for our sins. The same meaning is attached to a bleeding heart.