Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Cemetery Symbolism: Tree Trunk
Victorian cemetery art incorporated elaborate symbolism to convey the hopes and sorrows of those left behind.
The Tree Trunk: Not common. The cut trunk symbolizes the brevity of life, mortality. When cut to a short stump, it can indicate a life cut short. The tall example here evokes the grand memory of the tree--the core strength of faith. When used in a multiple grave such as this one, each cut branch may symbolize a person buried beneath.
Selection of Inscriptions:
Mary Ann Anderson
Died July 7, 1888
Aged 69 Years 3 MO
and 21 Days
REMEMBER FRIENDS AS YOU PASS BY
AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I
AS I AM NOW SO YOU MUST BE
PREPARE FOR DEATH AND FOLLOW ME
(St. Peters United Church of Christ, West Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Posted by jason evans at 12:20 AM