Tombstone Tuesday-Ivy Symbol

Some tombstones are embellished with artwork that represents ivy leaves or ivy vines.

Ivy vine, Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima. (2013 photo by Karen)

Ivy is always green and will survive under harsh conditions. Because of this it is associated with immortality and fidelity.

Ivy, Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2018 photo by Karen)

Ivy clings to a support, which symbolizes friendship, attachment, and undying affection.

Ivy, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Ivy leaves may also symbolize longevity or the clinging memory of the deceased.

Ivy, North Grove Cemetery, Celina, Ohio. (2005 photo by Karen)

Ivy leaves have 3 points, which symbolizes the Trinity.

Ivy, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Ivy, with other tombstone artwork, Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, Ohio. (2006 photo by Karen)


    • Darrel Schueler on May 4, 2021 at 10:09 am
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    What are the plants, and their meaning, on the left side, opposite the ivy, on the Roller and Heffner tombstones?

    1. They are palm branches and they symbolize victory, rejoicing, triumph, immortality, and peace and are associated with victory over death and eternal life.

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