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Father Time

Father Time also known as the Grim Reaper, the master of death and harvester of souls, symbolizes mortality. He is usually represented with a long beard and long hair carrying a scythe, and often with wings on his back. Hourglass symbols are also associated with him.

The scythe represents the Divine harvest and the hourglass denotes that the sands of time bring us closer to death. As the scythe cuts the harvest, so life is ended by Father Time.

The images above depict Father Time tipping the hourglass above an image of the deceased.

Time passes, memories last. – 1990

Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade
Death came with timely care
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there.

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Winged Effigy

A very common symbol on gravestones is the winged effigy which represents the deceased soul in flight.

Another winged effigy sometimes seen contains a skull and is known as Death’s head. It is usually depicted without the lower jaw.

Double Headed Eagle

The most recognized Freemason symbol is the square and compass with the letter ‘G’ in the middle.

This double-headed eagle symbol represents the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. With wings spread to give flight, one head looks back to see where you have been and the other looks ahead to see where you are going.

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The number 32 inside the triangle represents the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite known as the Master of the Royal Secret.

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The Latin motto, Spes mea in Deo est, means My hope is in God.

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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