The Greek spelling of the name Jesus ‘IHCOYC’ is abbreviated as IHC; when translated into Latin as ‘IHSOUS’ the abbreviation is IHS.
Both versions can be found although the latter abbreviation is the most common when engraved on gravestones. It is a symbol of the Holy Name of Jesus.
IHS is also an abbreviation of the Latin Phrase in hoc signo meaning, in this sign and is most often used when part of the anagram of the Latin phrase, In Hoc Signo Vinces meaning, in this sign you shall conquer. It is most often seen on family crests, military memorials and symbols of the Knights Templar.
Crowns on gravestones represent the glory of life after death, or the triumph over death.
Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him
Take comfort Christians
When your friend in Jesus
Fell asleep, their better being never ends
Why then dejected weep
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
Even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him
The voice of the ones we loved are still
My hope is in Christ
The crown is present in many configurations: a depiction of angels offering a crown to those on Earth, or one of the more common depictions is a cross inside a crown. The cross is symbolic of Christian faith representing Christ’s suffering and represents the eternal reward of life everlasting. When the cross and crown symbols are together they represent the reward of eternal life after death for those who believe in the crucified Savior. “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the Crown of Life.” (Rev. 2:10)
They broke in Jesus and are blessed
Now calm their slumbers are
From suffering and from soon released
And freed from every snare.
Until the day break and the shadows flee away
Until the day dawn and shadows flee away
Waiting until he comes
Early crowns were made out of plants and derived their meaning from those herbs. As men fashioned crowns out of more enduring substances like gold, they added little spikes to call to mind the power and authority of the sun.