The Latin phrase Memento Mori is translated as, Remember you will die, and has become a term used to describe funerary art.

Carvings, inscriptions and artwork found on monuments and stones within cemeteries are symbolic references created to mark an individual’s life on earth.  In the Middle Ages they were used to warn visitors to repent and prepare for their own death.

A few examples of the many Memento Mori that can be found:

  • Skulls
  • Winged effigies
  • Skeletons
  • Grim reapers
  • Heavenly crowns
  • Urns
  • Picks and shovels of the grave digger
  • Decomposing human remains

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Mors Ianua Vitae: Death is the gate of life

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