|Painting by James Tissot|
Another flower that is abundant in the cemetery is the lily, which stands for innocence and purity. There are several various types of lilies used on gravestones, each with a slightly different meaning.
And the Daffodil, also part of the lily family, indicated grace, beauty and a deep regard. You’ll notice that live daffodils are abundant in older cemeteries during the spring.
And the palm, another plant associated with Easter, signified triumph over death, and a forthcoming resurrection.
Wander any cemetery and you will discover a secret language communicated through symbols. All it takes is the interest to learn what each generation wished to imply with their symbols, and the time to let them speak to you, offering interesting insights into someone’s life and time.
(This is one of the topics I speak on for Genealogical and Historical societies. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact me here or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Grave-Interest/123365667736789)