Cemetery Symbolism

Put aside everything horror movies have ever taught you about cemeteries and you’ll find that the final resting places of our dearly departed can be hauntingly beautiful bits of green space. And every gravesite has a unique story to tell, whether it’s with a clever epitaph or a symbolic decorative detail.

Atlas Obscura spent some time uncovering the meanings behind some of the most common gravesite symbols, which they’ve compiled into the below infographic. It’s sure to come in handy (and equip you with some fascinating talking points) when you encounter a set of clasped hands or a flying hourglass on your next graveyard stroll.

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