Stemming from early practises, cremation rituals were more common than burial. The shape of the container in which the ashes were placed may have been a simple box or a marble vase, but no matter what it looked like it was called an “urn,” derived from the Latin ‘uro’, meaning “to burn.”
Used as a symbol of mourning by the ancient Greeks, it was carried in funeral processions to catch the tears of those who grieved.
As burial became a more customary ritual, the urn was one of the most common of monuments, representing the body as a vessel of the soul and its return to dust while the spirit of the departed eternally rested with God.
An urn draped with cloth represents the last partition between life and death. The cloth or shroud draping an urn symbolically guards the ashes as the soul departs the body for its trip to heaven.
An urn with angels on each side signifies the assistance of the deceased on its flight to heaven.
A flame (blaze) issuing from an urn symbolizes undying friendship.
An urn with a wreath often represents the death of an older person and reflects mourning, remembrance and sorrow.
A shattered urn denotes that the deceased lived to an old age.
Angels are spiritual beings guarding the tomb and praying for the soul. As a messenger from God the angel is a guide to Heaven. They represent love, protection, and resurrection. Angels are represented in many forms.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Thy angels watch me through the night, And keep me safe till morning’s light.
ANGEL CARRYING A CHILD Symbolizes embracing the soul and escorting the deceased to heaven.
Like a rosebud faded with life scarce begun And angels, bright angels escorted him home.
ANGELS IN CLOUDS Represents heaven and Divine love.
Angels to beckon me Nearer my God to thee Nearer is thee
ANGEL DROPPING FLOWERS Represents blessings from Heaven
Love’s last gift
ANGEL FLYING Represents a Guardian angel offering rebirth and resurrection
ANGEL HOLDING A LILY Represents chastity
A flower transferred from earth to bloom in heaven
ANGEL HOLDING A WREATH Represents the memory of a loved one
And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. 1925
An angel holding a praying bowl
ANGEL TRUMPETING The Archangel Gabriel depicted with a horn represents a call to the resurrection on the day of judgment. “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL WITH SWORD Represents the smiting of evil and forgiveness of sin
The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin. 1917
ANGEL WEEPING Symbolizes grief, mourning or an untimely death
But again I hope to meet him When the day of life is fled And in Heaven with joy to greet him Where no farewell tears are shed
FALLEN ANGEL OF THE MODERN VARIETY thanks to vandalism and neglect.