Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide For Historic Graveyards By Tui Snider. Graveyards don’t exist merely to shelter the dead. They also nurture the living. In fact, America’s garden cemeteries were our nation’s first public parks. People used to visit them not just to mourn the dead, but to have a pleasant day in the out of doors with their family. In this book was the way symbols change over time and wane in popularity. Also, the same symbol can assume altered significance depending on its depiction, culture, or religion.
An example, is on a gravestone carries several different meanings: A closed book means the deceased lived a long life (as in long enough to finish the last page). Conversely, an open book means the person's life was cut short. And an open book with a draped cloth over it "represents the veil of death cutting a life short before the final page of the deceased person's life was written".
My Opinion: I learned so much about cemeteries and had no idea what the symbols meant until now.
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