Tag Archives: Angel

Abandoned and Forgotten

Overgrown and abandoned cemeteries emote a special kind of sadness.

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Give joy or grief, give ease or pain
Take life or friends away
But let me find them all again
In one eternal day.   1862

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Reader remember dye thou must
And after Death return to Dust
Therefore repent, repent in time
The Grave next opened nay be thine.

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To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.  1939

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Tho lost to sight
To memory clear

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The parish of Saint Bernard, New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

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Lights are from our household gone
Voices we loved are stilled
Places are vacant at our home
Which never can be filled.

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Abide with me
Fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens
Lord with me abide.

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Death is swallowed up in victory.

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Death severs yet unites. 1912

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Only goodnight beloved not farewell. 1938

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Urns

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.
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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.
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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.
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A flame (blaze) issuing from an urn symbolizes undying friendship.
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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.

Angelic Symbols

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.

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ANGELS IN CLOUDS
Represents heaven and Divine love.

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

Angels to beckon me
Nearer my God to thee
Nearer is thee

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

ANGEL DROPPING FLOWERS
Represents blessings from Heaven

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Mt. Olivet, Colorado http://cemeteries.wordpress.com/category/flowers/

Love’s last gift

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Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

ANGEL FLYING
Represents a Guardian angel offering rebirth and resurrection

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ANGEL HOLDING A LILY
Represents chastity

A flower transferred from earth to bloom in heaven

Colma, CA https://www.flickr.com/photos/sally_mcburney/3870136576/
Colma, CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sally_mcburney/3870136576/

ANGEL HOLDING A WREATH
Represents the memory of a loved one

Stratford, ON, Canada
Stratford, ON, Canada

ANGEL PRAYING

Colma, California
Colma, California

And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. 1925

Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada
Milton Evergreen, Milton, ON, Canada

An angel holding a praying bowl

Lowville, ON, Canada
Lowville, ON, Canada

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.”

Glenwood, Houston, TX https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8658656229
Glenwood, Houston, TX
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8658656229

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 ARCHANGEL MICHAEL WITH SWORD
Represents the smiting of evil and forgiveness of sin

St. Michael's, Boston, MA, USA https://www.flickr.com/photos/80992738@N00/6015175740
St. Michael’s, Boston, MA, USA
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The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin. 1917

Glenwood, Houston, TX https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8659762290
Glenwood, Houston, TX
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ANGEL WEEPING
Symbolizes grief, mourning or an untimely death

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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

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain

FALLEN ANGEL OF THE MODERN VARIETY thanks to vandalism and neglect.

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Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland