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Letter D

If what you’re looking for on a headstone, or in a graveyard, or a cemetery begins with the letter D, you will find it here within the graveyard symbols A to Z.

Graveyard symbols beginning with the letter D

  • Daffodil on a headstone in Victorian symbology represents unrequited love
  • Daisy in Victorian symbology represents innocence, and we often see them on children’s graves. See also Flowers
  • Dandelions were used in the renaissance as a symbol of the Passion of Christ
  • Danse Macabre – Are you aware of the dance of death that you partake in? Also a form of Memento Mori
  • Dart is a symbol of death and is sometimes seen carried by skeletons, or piercing the deceased’s flesh
    • A dart can indicate death
    • Arrows and spears can also appear on headstones to represent death, and not how a person died
    • They are also used in egg and dart reliefs around the edges of monuments and headstones, representing life and death.

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth

The book of Revelation
  • Death Head also see Memento Mori
  • Dial as in a clock dial, is a mortality symbol meaning the passage of time
  • Disce Mori Latin for Learn that you will die
  • Dove has several meanings
    • Flying down represents the Holy Spirit
    • Flying up represents the Soul’s journey to Heaven
    • In profile or with an olive branch represents peace
  • Drapery seen on headstones and urns signifies death and mourning.

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