While traditionally religious icons, angels represent a lot even to people who have no religious belief. Angels have been depicted in art for thousands of years, longer than Christianity has existed. Despite their otherworldly nature, traditionally they are portrayed today as quite humanistic and having large wings, halos and very peaceful, protective stances.
Traditionally, angels with their wings outstretched or pointing upwards usually represent the departed person’s soul being escorted to heaven.
If the angel is facing downwards or weeping this is often an illustration of an untimely death.
However, it is important to remember that angels mean different things to everyone, and there is no reason why this highly symbolic and powerful image cannot be incorporated into your loved one’s headstone design whatever your beliefs or circumstances.