Angel carvings are often used on tombstones and angel statues are frequently seen in cemeteries. Angels are agents of God, messengers between God and man, between heaven and earth. They symbolize spirituality.
An angel who is flying or ascending symbolizes rebirth and resurrection.
An angel shown looking down with a drooping head or shown to be weeping symbolize mourning.
The angel Gabriel is usually depicted with a horn and represents the Resurrection or Judgment Day.
A cherub may adorn a child’s grave.
The Angel of Grief monument, located in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome, was sculpted by William Wetmore Story as a memorial to his wife Emelyn, who died in 1895.