Sickness and Death

Hearse

A Short Glossary of Death
Burial
Interred, Interment
Inhumation
    To place in a grave; to bury.
Cemetery
Burial ground
Church yard
Cypress
    A tree, Cypress branches are used as a symbol of mourning. A traditional planting in cemeteries.
God’s acre
Grave yard
Necropolis
    A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
Yew
    A tree, a traditional planting in cemeteries.
Cemetery Workers
Sexton
Gravedigger
Cenotaph
    A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.
Coffins and Burial Clothes
Coffin
Cerecloth
Cerement
Graveclothes
Shroud
Winding sheet
Cremation
Cinerary urn
    Vessels used by the ancients to preserve the ashes of the dead when burned.
Columbarium (plural columbariums or columbaria)
    A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead.
Niche
    A recess in a wall, as for holding a statue or urn.
Cremains
    The ashes that remain after cremation of a corpse.
Crematorium
    A furnace or establishment for the incineration of corpses.
Funeral Pile
    A structure of combustible material, upon which a dead body is placed to be reduced to ashes, as part of a funeral rite; a pyre.
Funeral Services
Bier
    A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
Death bell
    A bell that announces a death.
Death knell
    A stroke or tolling of a bell, announcing a death:
... No man is an Island, entire of it self;
every man is a piece of the Continent,
a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were;
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee ...

John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions [1624], XVII. Meditation
Dirge (lamentation)
    1.Music.
       a. A funeral hymn or lament.
       b. A slow, mournful musical composition.
    2.A mournful or elegiac poem or other literary work.
Elegy
    A song or poem composed especially as a lament for a deceased person.
Epitaph
    A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.
Exequies
    Funeral rite; the ceremonies of burial; obsequies; funeral procession.
Funeral Sermon
Kneel
    To go down or rest on one or both knees.
Obsequy, pl.=Obsequies
    A funeral rite or ceremony.
Passing bell
    A tolling of a bell to announce that a soul is passing, or has passed, from its body (formerly done to invoke prayers for the dying); also, a tolling during the passing of a funeral procession to the grave, or during funeral ceremonies.
Tolling
Wake
Funeral Societies
Collegia
    Ancient Roman funeral societies. Members in good standing were guaranteed a niche in a columbarium.
Fraternal Benefit Societies
    Fraternal societies with some sort of death benefit, especially life insurance.
Funeral Procession
Exequies
    1. A funeral procession.
Dead march
    A slow, solemn funeral march.
Hearse
Muffled drum
Pall
    1.A cover for a coffin, bier, or tomb, often made of black, purple, or white velvet.
    2.A coffin, especially one being carried to a grave or tomb.
Funeral
Funeral oration
Funeral rite
Funeral solemnity
Mausoleum
    A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
Morgue
    A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
Mortsafe
    Mortsafe. Iron bars or cages protecting a human cadaver especially in in Scotland. The mortsafe was locked to protect the deceased from body snatchers, or resurrection men.
Mortuary
    Mortuary. A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
Mortuary Workers
Funeral Director
Mortician
Mortuary assistant
Undertaker
Obituary
Death Notice
Ossuary
    Literally, bone box. A container or receptacle, such as an urn or a vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
Sarcophagus
    A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture.

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