Headstone Symbols A to Z

Headstone Symbols is a resource to assist you with deciphering the various symbols pictured on headstones.

Not only does it contain an alphabetical list of symbols, it also contains information on how to decipher the deceased’s story.

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Their headstones represent not only their life, but also what their beloved thought of them.

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The dead do speak!

Since I was a small child, I’ve always had a fascination with those dearly departed who lay in their grave. My local graveyard was a place of refuge, and I’ve always become lost in time when reading their stories.

Modern cemeteries with their uniform row upon row of standard headstones, do nothing for me. However, if you take me to an old churchyard, like the ones up north in Northumberland, or Scotland, I become lost in time.

I simply love taking myself on a journey of their life, their beliefs, their career, and sometimes their tragic death.

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If you’re a keen taphophile like me, you will notice how cemetery fashion changes throughout the centuries. From the early days of a crude skull to the Victorian’s elaborate symbology, the dead do continue to speak to us in many ways.

My passion for telling their stories is portrayed in my photography. Headstone Symbols is not only a reference, but it’s a portfolio of some of the best gardens of death in the world.

Enjoy your time spent here, Amanda.

Here you will find the graveyard photography of Amanda Norman and Mark Kneale.

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Amanda Norman Photography
To view more of Amanda’s graveyard photography, please visit her AmandaNorman.com