"Alas poor Yorick..." Memento Mori, in Latin, literally means 'remember you must die.' Not me??!!
Ok, nothing living and no one gets out of here alive. Memento Mori are traced back to Socrates and the Victorians were very interested in them as a means of reflection on mortality. Great writings (even Keats), great art and jewelry harken back to Memento Mori. It is said they are a way to remember to live each minute of every day to the fullest. I am trying to do that very thing lately. Looking under the rocks. Enjoying and wondering - very curious about the world around me. This jade skull is one of many crystal and gemstone skulls sold in my web stores. Not hawking them, just FYI.
Don't know the artist, but artwork abounds on the subject.
An antique gold ring for sale on 1st Dibs.
Even the evil eye jewelry everywhere today is memento mori.
In the US, Memorial Day has expanded to include family members that have passed.
I don't have many veterans to remember and thank, but my brother-in-law was an Army captain, who flew Huey helicopters in Vietnam; he would swoop in to rescue the wounded and in fact, was shot down twice - a true American hero. He rests at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Thank you this Memorial Day to all of the brave men and women who have fought in wars.