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I think most people who have visited cemeteries with larger, more elaborate monuments and particularly mausoleums are familiar with the funerary symbol of the inverted torch. You can see the torches descending from the wreaths on the Winslow mausoleum at Lake View Cemetery, their fires still burning despite their unnatural position.

Winslow

But I did have to read Stories in Stone before I realized that you will see two varieties of the inverted torch in cemeteries, one extinguished and one still aflame. Both symbolize death, but the inverted burning torch alludes to eternal life.

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Both the monuments for D. S. Possons and the Cottingham family have burning inverted torches on them.

Cottingham

There are a few more examples from Mayfield Cemetery on mausoleum doors for the Sampliner and Fisher families.

Sampliner

Fisher

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