Gravestone Symbols You May Encounter

Acorn
prosperity; power; triumph
 
Anvil and Hammer
blacksmith
 
Basket
fertility; maternal bond
 
Bird
flight of the soul
 
Candle
life
 
Column/Pillar (Broken)
life cut short; sudden death
 
Evergreen
faithfulness; remembrance
 
Farmer
plow; hoe; rack; stalk of corn; shock of wheat
 
Fern
sincerity; humility; solitude
 
Fruit
eternal plenty
 
IHS Monogram
Christian; name of Jesus
 
Key
knowledge; entrance to heaven
 
Lamp
knowledge; spiritual immortality
 
Lily
innocence, purity, and the resurrection (Easter); marriage and fidelity (Calla); innocence and humility (Lily of the Valley)
 
Mariner
anchor; sextant
 
Oak Leaf
strength; stability; endurance
 
Olive Tree
peace; reconciliation between God and man
 
Palm
life conquering death
 
Rose
love; beauty; virtue; strong bond (intertwined); youthful death (rosebud)
 
Sphinx
courage; honor; power
 
Tree-shaped
possible member of The Modern Woodmen of America or Woodmen of the World fraternal organization member