Flowers are one of the most commonly used symbols in cemeteries, and during the 17th century it was so popular that almost every flower had a symbolic meaning. One of the most popular cemetery flowers is the Lily. It symbolizes immortality, the restoration of innocence and purity after death.
Life is like a blooming flower, never meant to be permanent.
The first Lily appeared when Eve shed a tear after being banished from the Garden of Eden. As a Christian symbol it is also associated with the Virgin Mary and often found on the graves of women.
The opening blossom lovely was to view
And to his parents promised comfort true
Submissively their loss they do deplore
And humbly bow unto Almighty power.
There are many variations of the plant genus Lily. The flower known as the Easter Lily has become symbolic of Christ’s resurrection although there is no historical connection. It is also known as the Madonna Lily representing the Annunciation.
The rare symbol of a Lily with a sword represents guilt and innocence. Christ, as the judge of the world, appeared with a sword and a Lily in his mouth.
A Calla Lily symbolizes marriage
The Lily Of The Valley was used to honor Christ and symbolize that He is “the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1). It symbolizes Humility; innocence; Purity; Rebirth; and the Return of happiness.
In France the Fleur De Lys, considered a stylized Lily, was a royal emblem. The three lobes represent the trinity and perfection.