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Seen in both Christian and Jewish cemeteries, the dove is a symbol of resurrection, innocence and peace.
Dove carved onto a tombstone in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh PA

Dove on a Tombstone

©2005 Kimberly Powell
An ascending dove, as pictured here, represents the transport of the departed's soul to heaven. A dove descending represents a descent from heaven, assurance of a safe passage. A dove lying dead symbolizes a life cut prematurely short. If the dove is holding an olive branch, it symbolizes that the soul has reached divine peace in heaven.
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