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RELIGIOUS - GEOMETRIC - LETTERS AND MONOGRAMS - FRATERNAL AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
ANIMAL - PLANT AND FLORAL - BODY - ART AND ICONS

Art and Icons

anchor hand
Anchor - hope

angel
Angel - the agent of God, often pointing towards heaven; guardians of the dead

baby chair
Baby's chair - small, empty furniture symbolized unfulfilled lives of children; represented the child now gone; with small shoes on chair - connection to childhood, symbolized inability to achieve adulthood

book
Book - Book: faith, learning to read and write

cabin
Cabin and pine - A modern British Columbia image

harp
Harp - Associated with David in the Old Testament; symbol of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. Symbolic of worship in heaven.

Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf - Canada's National symbol

Sleeping Child
Sleeping children - sleep is the tie between life and death; children are purity, artlessness, innocence

Urn
Draped urn - sorrow

Woman
Woman with or without Bible pointing upward - faith

woman and cross
Woman hanging onto Cross - faith. Original drawing accompanied Rev. Toplady's hymn "Rock of Ages." Also seen as woman clinging to pillar or anchor. Common motif on white bronze monuments and Masonic grave memorials.

Family or Heraldry Crests - One last symbolic motif that you may see on graves is the family crest. There are literally thousands of family crests detailing the main family names of European descent. Most of these crests are well documented in heraldry books.

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