At the risk of sounding morbid...I have always been interested in funerary art.
I took a few photos of gravestones with interesting artwork and then looked up the meaning of the gravestone symbols.
A handshake represents a farewell to earthly existence and God's welcome into heaven.
The hand with a finger pointing upward symbolizes that the soul has gone to the heavens.
There was quite a bit of controversy over this grave in Whitefield, NH with a finger pointing downward.
However, research of grave symbolism shows the hand coming from above symbolizes God reaching down from heaven.
This is one of my favorite stones in Bennington, Vermont which reads "O! Relentlefs Death!"
Winged heads on gravestones were popular in America in the 17th and early 18th centuries.
The Weeping Willow symbolizes immortality. This was one of the most used symbols of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
...and how sad, the husband and wife in Lancaster, NH who were buried beside each other for eternity...little did they know a tree would grow between them.