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Symbolism of The Wheat Sheaf

Wheat symbolizes the fertility of the earth, renewal, rebirth and abundance. It can also represent the long and fruitful life enjoyed by the deceased.

To Christians wheat represents the body of Christ, and is therefore symbolic of immortality and resurrection. When paired with grapes it is a symbol of the Eucharist.

It is sown in weakness
It is raised in power

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Our nails are drove
Our work is done.

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The busy world is hushed
The fever of life over and our work done

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Till the day break

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Behold the pilgrim as he lies with glory in his view,
To Heaven he lifts his longing eyes and bids the world adieu.  1886

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Nutrition for the Dead

Food sculpture is not  common within cemeteries but it can be discovered on very old stones.

The presence of an apple represents Salvation.

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If the sculpture is a snake holding an apple in its mouth, it symbolizes sin.

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An ear of corn symbolizes fertility and rebirth. It also signifies that the deceased lived to a ripe old age.

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Cornucopia known as the “Horn of Plenty” symbolizes an abundant life. It is also a symbol of the harvest and the end of life.

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Grapes are a symbol of the blood of Christ. When the vine is present it represents Christian faith.

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A Sheaf of Wheat has several meanings. At its most fundamental, it represents the divine harvest and the end of life; and is usually found on older peoples’ gravestones.

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Also used as an occupational symbol. Following the death of a farmer, it was a country custom to send a sheaf of corn to relatives of the deceased.

A sheaf of corn is a Masonic symbol representing charity to the less fortunate.

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