909. Birds on Birch Tree
“Birds on Birch Tree” is designed by artist Vilma Metteri.
“When designing the bird gravestones I wanted to create a picture for the gravestones that would allow comfort to overcome tears of grief. Bird imagery is a nod to a strong tradition in Finnish folk poetry, which depicts birds as seasonal guides and messengers, accompanying people. Birds are also associated with many beliefs and myths; we talk about spirit birds and dream birds, which fly alongside a person’s soul.
The little bird on the bird gravestones can take messages from a loved one up into the heavens, as it is thought to fly between worlds. The presence of two little birds on a gravestone provides comfort, as you never have to be alone.
The birch birds sit on the branch of a garden birch. The birch tree is the Finnish national tree, a symbol of purity and virtue. Falling birch leaves depict loss and change.”
– Vilma Metteri –