The decorative carvings are visible—and somewhat unusual. Instead of a willow, we see upside-down torches; instead of an urn, a flaming heart.
- An inverted torch is often understood to represent the end of life, although some draw a distinction between an extinguished torch (death) or one that still burns (life after death).
- A five-pointed star represent the Star of Bethlehem or the life of Christ.
- A flaming heart, sometimes thought to signify extreme ardor, more likely represents religious fervor.
[Who departed this life]
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I am not forgetting the carvings at the top of the marker. I am just not sure what to make of them. Florets and—what? Stylized inverted torches? Maybe just a pretty design?
Glendale Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio