Field Guide

Closed Book

In the cemetery a closed book usually represents a completed life; the last chapter in this realm ends in the cemetery. It may also represent virginity, secrecy, and mystery. Any book can also represent the Bible.

Open Book

An open book is a favorite device for registering the name of the deceased. In its purest form an open book can be compared to the human heart, its thoughts and feelings open to the world and to God.

Book with Crown

The book with a crown is a symbol of God and the Bible.

Taken from Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography written and photographed by Douglas Keister, published by Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, 2004.