A very common tombstone symbol is a hand pointing upward, pointing toward heaven.
The hand pointing up symbol is carved on tombstones in just about every older cemetery and symbolizes that the soul has gone to heaven. It represents the confirmation of life after death and the reward of the righteous.
Sometimes the hand is holding a book, which symbolizes the embodiment of faith.
It is interesting to note that a right hand is carved on each of these tombstones.