Cemetery Symbolism

This is a brief description of a few of the symbols you might see in O'Brien County cemeteries. You will find additional information on symbolism used in cemeteries in the book, "Where the Journey Ends."





A rose commemorates love, beauty, hope, and unfailing love. The different stages of a rose's bloom are indicative of the person's age at the time of death.


A wreath on a headstone can represent victory or redemption. Many of these symbols can be seen combined on one headstone.

Grapes with Leaves

Grapes with leaves represent the Christian faith.


Because ivy stays green forever, it is said to symbolize immortality, eternal life and friendship.


Lambs usually mark the grave of a child. The lamb stands for innocence. Christians also associate it with Jesus, the Lamb of God.

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