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Most assume the weeping willow is a symbol of grief based upon the name and down turned branches, and they are not wrong. But something I think fewer people may know is that the weeping willow is also a symbol of immortality. In Christianity specifically, the gospel teaches the tree "will flourish and remain whole, no matter how many branches are cut off."2
If we want to delve deeper into the above image, take a look at the ivy vines going up the base of the tree. It is another symbol of immortality, as well as loyalty. Furthermore, the leaves symbolize the Trinity.3
1. Douglas Keister, Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents (Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2008), 153.
2. Keister, Forever Dixie, 161.
3. Keister, Forever Dixie, 159.