Stories Told In Stone: Cemetery Iconology by Gaylord Cooper (MOTES Publisher, 2009)
Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. Keister, Douglas (photographer) (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2004).
In my experience, you shouldn't be surprised at anything you see in a cemetery. Headstones are often designed to reflect the life of the deceased, or the emotions of those in the family left behind. Here are some typical and not so typical examples I have come across.
|The lamb is typical of a child's grave.|
|Standard and simple flat headstone|
|One example of a photo headstone.|
|Full grave marked by a headstone and a toe stone.|
|Ornate and large marker. This example is about 6 feet tall.|
|The rock. Often used in mountainous environments.|
|Another rock example.|
|Engraved picture, personalizing the marker.|
This one with a snowboarder image.
|The gates typically represent the entrance to heaven.|
|Older military marker.|
|Heart shape on pedestal.|
|This is much more unique, designed to look|
like a BLM marker.
|Top of BLM style marker.|
|One plaque, three names, with a rock to represent each individual.|
|Headstone and "assumed" toe stones,|
with a large gap in between and a drainage ditch of sorts.
The grave does not appear to extend from one side to the other.
|Another rock, but this one is quite large.|
Approx. 4 feet across, and 2 feet high.
|One of the few wooden markers I have seen with surviving inscription.|
|A bench near a family plot, without engraving.|
Intended just for sitting and remembering -
an invitation to those left behind.
|Engraved bench memorial.|
(All of the photos were taken at Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge, Summit, Colorado. Photographer: Jen Baldwin. Copyright 2011, published.)