Category Archives: Symbolism

The Circle and the Hourglass

In memory of Mrs. Mary Baxter Widow of Gregory Baxter Who died Nov. 11, 1789 In the 88th, year Of her age. Mary Baxter’s dark gray slate tombstone in the Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, Massachusetts, portrays a woman, presumably Mary, … Continue reading

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Praying Hands

Praying hands, which can be found as incised carvings on gravestones or as statues that form a centerpiece in gardens within cemeteries, are a symbol of pious devotion.  Praying hands also symbolize the hope for an eternal life.

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The Virgin of Guadalupe

An image that one is likely to come across in cemeteries where there are high populations of Mexican immigrants is the Virgin of Guadalupe, also referred to as Mother of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Virgin of Guadalupe … Continue reading

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The Sands of Time

The soap opera, Days of Our Lives, has as their catchphrase, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” The meaning of that catchphrase is clear–life passes by very quickly.  Life measured by the grains of sand … Continue reading

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The Father of Photojournalism

GILBERT HOVEY GROSVENOR, LL.D. OCTOBER 28, 1875 FEBRUARY 4, 1966 PRESIDENT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 1920 – 1954 EDITOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 1899 – 1954 ELSIE MAY BELL GROSVENOR, LL. D. MAY 8, 1878 DECEMBER 26, 1964 BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER … Continue reading

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Under Her Feet

This funerary sculpture of the Virgin Mary can be found in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.  In addition to the symbolism of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which the Virgin Mary points to, is also the image and … Continue reading

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Snake Eating Its Tail

On the massive bronze doors of the Bertram Work Neo-Classical Mausoleum in the Akron Rural Cemetery, in Glendale, Ohio, are several repeating images, one of which is the Ouroboros. This image is also found on the imposing Egyptian Revival mausoleum … Continue reading

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