With Halloween approaching, it’s time to bring out the spooky symbols. Early New England tombstones are the go-to for Memento Mori symbolism. Memento Mori is a reminder of the inevitability of death; translated from Latin–“Remember You Must Die.”
It was a common belief among the Puritans that contemplating your own mortality invigorated the soul, hence the many reminders on eighteenth century tombstones.
Some of the Memento Mori symbols include a skull, skeleton, cross bones, death’s head, guttering candles, the grim reaper with his scythe, and an hour glass.