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Memorial Symbols and Their Meanings

image of a cross headstone in a cemetery with autumn leaves on the floor

Memorials serve as tributes to our departed loved ones, conserving their memory and legacy for generations to come. These memorials, especially on headstones, incorporate symbols that hold deep significance and convey profound emotions. Understanding the meanings behind these memorial symbols can help when choosing memorial designs. Below, we take a look at some common memorial symbols and their meanings. 


The cross is a universally recognized symbol of faith and spirituality. In memorials, it represents the deceased’s Christian beliefs and serves as a symbol of hope, redemption, and the promise of eternal life.


The dove is a symbol of peace, purity, and the soul’s journey to the afterlife. When featured on a memorial, it conveys the idea that the departed has found peace and tranquillity in the next life. 


Angels are often depicted as messengers between the earthly realm and the divine. Including an angel on a memorial signifies protection, guidance, and the presence of a guardian watching over the departed. 


A rose is a symbol of love, beauty, and the fleeting nature of life. A single rose or a bouquet on a memorial can represent the enduring love and admiration for the deceased. 

Incorporating these symbols into a memorial can add depth and meaning to the tribute. Whether it’s a headstone, plaque, or other memorial structure, these symbols offer comfort and solace to those who visit and remember their loved ones.

Cope Memorials – Leading Memorial Makers

Here at Cope Memorials, we understand the significance of memorial symbols and the importance of creating personalised tributes. Our team is dedicated to helping you honour your loved one’s memory in a way that truly reflects their life and the profound impact they had on those around them. We’ve been working as memorial makers for decades, and we have built up a fantastic reputation which can be seen through numerous five star reviews. For more information, please give us a call today on 01773 602 187. Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

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