Symbols in a Gothic graveyard

Gothic cemeteries are ornate with specific styles of headstone design. You can see Tom here looking at the grave of a Confederate officer at Oaklawn cemetery in Tampa Florida. This marker is the spire type that indicates a life interrupted or cut short.
People in the nineteenth century had different ideas about death. Perhaps because death was more common. In the absence of modern medicine, mortality must have been very high. Tom and I did notice many baby graves here.
My thought was they were trying to make a nice resting place for the departed. After all, we will be joining them soon. With death being eminent, more attention was giving to the graveyard design.

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