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The use of the lamb pre-dates Christianity and appears to have been used first by the Egyptians.

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A lamb in its simplest form represents purity and innocence, and as such, is the most common animal symbol found on the gravestones of children.

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Most lambs are displayed in a crouching position.

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Gabrielle Gaia. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55643085@N02/23607442962

God needed one more angel child,
Amidst his shining band.

Heartbreaking image of two children born two years apart who died in the same year.

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei is a Christian symbol representing the Lamb of God. It is one of the earliest symbols of Christ deriving from Saint John the Baptist’s exclamation on beholding Christ, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world ” (John 1, 29).

The symbol depicts a lamb with a halo standing on the ground, holding by the right forefoot a banner flying on a wooden cross. It represents the risen Christ triumphant over death. A similar image showing the lamb with a gash in its side, symbolizes the passion of Christ.




In some instances the lamb may be seated.


A reclining Agnus Dei seated on a book with seven seals, represents the final judgment when Christ returns in glory.


Agnus Dei was adopted as a Masonic symbol by the Knights Templar and is found on several of their seals.


The Agnus Dei is also a badge of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. The Paschal Lamb with a halo above its head, supports over one shoulder a flag bearing the device of St. George, a red cross upon a white field.



Suffer Little Children

There are many different gravestone symbols relating to the death of a child. The most common is the lamb which represents innocence.

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Lamb Lying

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Happy children early blest
Rest in peaceful slumbers, rest
Early rescued from the cares
Which increase with growing years
Though your youth and beauty fair
Cruel death refused to spare
Your souls are winged to worlds on high
And dwell with saints above the sky.

Victorian memento mori of a deceased child is represented by a sleeping child. Sleep is the link between life and death.

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If tears could build a stairway
And memories a lane
I’d walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.

A vacant chair also represents the death of a child. Small, empty furniture symbolizes unfulfilled lives of children and represents the child now gone.

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Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The Chain will link again

Empty shoes symbolize the loss of a child; often one shoe is overturned. Shoes on a chair identifies childhood and the inability to achieve adulthood.



A crib is instantly recognized as a the grave of a child.



Safe in the arms of Jesus

Cherubs also signify the death of a child.


Suffer little children to come unto me