Cherub are angelic messenger of divine wisdom.
The use of shell in burials is pre-Christian in practice and pre-dates even Egyptian burial practices. Shell is symbolic of fertility, resurrection and pilgrimage. Shells, coins and small stones are the traditional objects left at grave sites. There are several meanings given to this act. It may be a symbolic referral to the ancient custom of burying the dead under a cairn of rocks to protect the body from scavenging animals, or a reminder that the individual is not forgotten. Scallop - symbol of the Crusades, pilgrim, pilgrim's journey, resurrection, life everlasting, connotes one's life journey. A symbol of birth and resurrection, a traditional symbol of the Puritans
Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society based in Omaha, Nebraska...that operates a large privately held insurance company for its members. One enduring physical legacy of the organization are distinctive headstones in the shape of a tree stump. This was an early benefit of Woodmen of the World membership, and they are found in cemeteries nationwide. This program was abandoned in the late 1920s as it was too costly. Typically the headstones or treestones, would include a depiction of the WOW relics—symbols of the organization. These include most notably a stump or felled tree; the maul and wedge; an axe; and often a Dove of Peace with an olive branch. As Woodmen "do not lie" a common inscription: "Here rests a Woodman of the World".
Hands praying mean devotion.
An angel, pointing to Heaven...rejoicing in Heaven.
A Dove symbolizes innocence, gentleness, affection, purity, and Holy Spirit.
Medieval thinkers sometimes held that a golden chain bound the soul to the body. Broken links on a headstone can mean the severance and subsequent release of the spirit from the body.
"A link is broken in our household band
But a chain is formed in a better land."