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A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism

To convey the lives of the people buried beneath them, and the expectations for what comes after death, symbolism has long been part of tombstones. Below is our guide to some of the most prevalent cemetery symbols. Take it along on your next wander through the necropolis! 

Graphic created by Michelle Enemark, text by Allison C. Meier.