Angels found in the cemetery are a symbol of spirituality. They guard the tomb and are thought to be messengers between God and man.
An angel sits with head bowed, as if guarding the body of the departed soul.
©2005 Kimberly Powell
The angel, or "messenger of God," may appear in many different poses, each with its own individual meaning. An angel with open wings is thought to represent the flight of the soul to heaven. Angels may also be shown carrying the deceased in their arms, as if taking or escorting them to heaven. A weeping angel symbolizes grief, especially mourning an untimely death. An angel blowing a trumpet may depict the day of judgement. Two specific angels can often be identified by the instruments they carry - Michael by his sword and Gabriel with her horn.