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Flowers In Remembrance

Flower buds signify a renewal of life and many types of flowers are engraved on headstones. The symbolism behind the Carnation, Daffodil, Daisy, Passion Flower, Poppy, Sunflower and Tulip has been researched in a previous post.

The less commonly used flowers are identified below.

  • Acacia represents the immortality of the soul
  • Acanthus is one of the most common cemetery motifs associated with the Heavenly garden.
  • A Bellflower is symbolic of gratitude
  • A Buttercup represents cheerfulness
  • The Cinquefoil is symbolic of a beloved daughter or maternal affection
  • The Crocus represents youthful gladness
  • The flower, Forget-Me-Not,  represents remembrance
  • The  Honeysuckle is symbolic of devoted affection and generosity
  • The  Lalla is indicative of beauty and marriage
  • The Lotus represents perfect beauty; purity; resurrection and spiritual revelation.
  • A Pansy symbolizes humility; meditation; remembrance
  • The Violet is a symbol of humility.

And lastly, a flower that seems to cover every aspect of life, the Morning Glory: birth; the brevity of life; departure; farewell; love; mortality; mourning; resurrection and youth. It is also a symbol of beauty.

Like budding Rose or flower of May
Grown up, cut down & wither’d in a day
Early she left this Stage in morning dress
Her hands were clasped upon her breast.

We kissed her loving brow
And in our aching hearts we know
We have no violet now.   1909

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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

angel trumpet

 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
https://www.flickr.com/photos/80992738@N00/6015175740

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
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7259517@N03/8659762290

ANGEL WEEPING
Symbolizes grief, mourning or an untimely death

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http://thebachbook.com/kyle-gray-angel-whisperer/

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.

Newington fallen angel
Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland