Wheat

Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa

On the reverse side of the Bone Family Monument in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Council Bluffs, Iowa,  is carved a sheaf of wheat.

Wheat’s origins are unknown but is the basis of basic food and a staple in many cultures. Because of wheat’s exalted position as a mainstay foodstuff, it is viewed as a gift from Heaven.

Wheat symbolizes immortality and resurrection.  But, like many symbols found on gravestones, they can have more than one meaning.  For instance, because wheat is the main ingredient of bread, the sheaf of wheat can represent the Body of Christ.  Wheat can also represent a long life, usually more than three score and ten, or seventy years.

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One Response to Wheat

  1. Jen says:

    Nice post! I often see wheat in cemeteries here in the Midwest — which makes me think not only of the symbolism, but of the many farming communities around some of the cemeteries.

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