Funeral Monuments and Symbolism Typical of Pennsylvania

This section includes many examples of funeral monuments and symbolism typical of Pennsylvania.

Historically, symbolism on stone tombstones was carried out in three different ways: incising, carving in relief, or by using free-standing, three-dimensional portraiture or ornaments. The actual shape of the monument itself can be symbolic, such as a cross (religious), broken column (end of life), or obelisk (from Egyptian use as burial monuments to the sun god).