Veil of Death

The veil of death is represented in several forms such as a pall, shroud, or drapery. In the 20th century, when a person died the body was laid out in the parlour. It was also the custom to cover everything in black including mirrors, paintings, etc. A PALL was the cloth which was carried over the coffin.

A SHROUD conceals the partition between life and death, and is symbolic of mortality, sorrow and mourning. It is most commonly seen draped over an urn.

The gravestone below also contains inverted torches which symbolize death and a life extinguished. The flame indicates life continuing after death. shroud-urn-torch-campbellville-_jane

This gravestone contains circles supporting the shroud. They represent eternal life and never-ending existence. shroud-cirlce-milton-evergren

The trefoils supporting the shroud represent the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.shroud-trefoil-uslinch_crown

We miss thee in the circle around the fireside
We miss thee in devotion at peaceful eventide
The memory of thy nature so full of truth and love
Shall lead our thoughts to seek thee amongst the blest above

A cross draped with the shroud of Christ is symbolic of Christ’s descent from the cross and the removal of his body for burial.

DRAPERY is similar to a shroud with the addition of frills and tassels and denotes mourning.

The draped urn represents the soul. 

The Gothic cross symbolizes the grave of an adult Christian.

The circle on the gravestone below represents eternal life. drapery-circle-georgetown_greenwood

Two draped columns denote a family plot where each panel records details of a family member’s life. Draped columns are a funerary sign of burial.

DISCARDED CLOTHING represents the fact that the dead have left behind the burdens of life.
Several rosebuds on the same branch denotes secrecy. However, in this case it is most likely representative of the strong bond between two people.

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