The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols

Walk through a cemetery, especially one with an old section, and you will see all sorts of stories in the symbols carved into the gravestones.

Symbols such as angels, hands, lambs, and trees may carry many meanings, or they may simply be an image that meant something to the family of their loved one. They might refer to a religion, an organization, or a culture. Their meanings may have changed throughout the years. No absolute meaning can be attributed to many symbols found in this book. However, it is interesting to discover similarities and differences from one region to another.

The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols is designed with the young reader in mind but is also intended to be shared with adults.

The symbols within the book come from cemeteries across the United States, with a few from England and France, and were photographed by the author.