Category Archives: Symbolism

Bones

As I walked through the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery at Hartsdale, New York, I noticed so many similarities between the gravestones of humans and animals. Of course, the gravestones for the dogs and cats are chosen by those humans that loved … Continue reading

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Our furry family members

  When I write about our furry family members, I am not referring to those males in the family with hair on their backs, but instead, our little four-legged family members—our dogs and cats. As it turns out, with the … Continue reading

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It is just a “fair view”

The biggest cemetery in Red Bank, New Jersey, is named Fair View which strikes me as funny. The name chosen is damning by faint praise—the view isn’t bad, it isn’t great, it is just “fair”. But what’s in a name? … Continue reading

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Ouroboros Orphis

On the massive bronze doors of the Bertram Work Neo-Classical Mausoleum in the Glendale Cemetery, at Akron, Ohio, are several repeating images, one of which is the Ouroboros. The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a snake eating its tail. … Continue reading

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Stylized Tulips

Corneliea Dau Of John & Mary Dixon died April Ye 10 1788 aged 2 Year 6 Months & 23 Days Tulips have long been a symbol found in the graveyard, including on the gravestone of two and a half year … Continue reading

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Tip Toe through the Tulips

LIDIAN Wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson Daughter of Charles & Lucy (Cotton) Jackson. Born September 20th 1802, close by Plymouth Rock as she loved to remember. Died November 13th 1892 in Concord. In 1968, in a quivering falsetto, singer musician … Continue reading

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Winged Soul Effigy

HERE lies the Body of Deacon Simon Hunt who died Decr ye 13th 1790; Aged 87 In private & public, he fought ye honour of God, The interest of ye Chh. And ye good of his country. As a Deacon, … Continue reading

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Time takes flight with the soul

In Memory of Mrs. Rebeckah Fletcher Wife of Mr. Samuel Fletcher She departed This life Febr ye 2d 1785 In the 77th year of her age. The hourglass, a symbol that speaks to the brevity of life, is often shown … Continue reading

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She slips through the hourglass

In memory of MRS. MARTHA PORTER the wife of MR. ISRAEL PORTER Who died 26 June 1795 Aged 49 years. “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” is the catchphrase for the long-running soap opera, … Continue reading

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Chains, broken and unbroken

UNITED ABOVE OUR FATHER DANIEL HALLETT DIED April 3, 1856 AE. 61 Y’s. 2 M’s. Two gravestones from the same cemetery in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, display a chain in a circle. This symbolism is the combining of two symbols—the circle … Continue reading

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