Symbol For Life And Death

Life and death Words/Symbols for tattoo.?

ive been searching for symbols/diff languages for the word life and death For a tattoo i want,I want one on each shoulder blade.All i seem to come across is Japanese.which i dont want because its so common and boring.I was thinking celtic or something different,please i need help! id appreciate it!

A friend of mine got a rose and a sword crossing each other (in an x). The rose represents life and the sword, death. Let me know what you decide!