I think that the epitaph on the Eckert monument in Woodland Cemetery can pretty accurately be referred to as a memento mori. “Memento mori” means remember death, but it is also the name conferred upon items that are meant to remind you of the fact that you are mortal and will die. The purpose of a memento mori is to keep that knowledge close so that you will live your life with that in mind. The Eckert epitaph cautions us that death is inevitable and can swoop down at any moment, without warning.
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