1. Parenting
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://genealogy.about.com/od/cemetery_records/ig/tombstone_symbols/draped_urn.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Draped Urn

By

After the cross, the urn is one of the most commonly used cemetery monuments. The design represents a funeral urn, and is thought to symbolize immortality.
draped urn cemetery tombstone symbols

Draped Urn

©2005 Kimberly Powell
Cremation was an early form of preparing the dead for burial. In some periods, especially classical times, it was more common than burial. The shape of the container in which the ashes were placed may have taken the form of a simple box or a marble vase, but no matter what it looked like it was called an "urn," derived from the Latin uro, meaning "to burn."

As burial became a more common-practice, the urn continued to be closely associated with death. The urn is commonly believed to testify to the death of the body and the dust into which the dead body will change, while the spirit of the departed eternally rests with God.

The cloth draping the urn symbolically guarded the ashes. The shroud-draped urn is believed by some to mean that the soul has departed the shrouded body for its trip to heaven. Others say that the drape signifies the last partition between life and death.

Related Video
Wooden Block Photo Puzzles
How to Make Photo Greeting Cards
  1. About.com
  2. Parenting
  3. Genealogy

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.