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Historic Cemetery Symbols: What do Lilies Represent?

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(photo by Tui Snider)
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What does a Lily symbolize when it’s carved on a headstone?

You’ve probably heard folks refer to someone as having a “lily white reputation,” right? Lilies are not only white, but they symbolize purity. That’s why being “lily white” means you are as clean and chaste as they come. In the context of a headstone, lilies may also refer to the soul’s return to a state of purity and innocence in the after life.

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2 Comments

  1. I love flower symbolism, Tui, so this post was right up my alley. I never thought about their symbolism as related to cemeteries, though. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      How did I miss this comment until now, Denise? *scratches head* Anyway – there is actually quite a bit more to lilies than I even delved into here! I’m so glad you are enjoying these posts. :)

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