"Memento Mori" is a Latin phrase which translates to “remember that you will die.”
As a philosophical concept, it's been at the forefront of work by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus. As an artistic concept, it has inspired some of the most famous paintings in history. As a cultural object, it has appeared on tombstones, tattoos, even at the “happiest place on earth,” Disneyland.
Meditating on your mortality is only depressing if you miss the point. It is in fact a tool to create priority and meaning. It’s a tool that generations have used to create real perspective and urgency. To treat our time as a gift and not waste it on the trivial and vain. Death doesn’t make life pointless but rather purposeful.
We hope the following physical reminders can bring the power of memento mori to your daily routine. You can learn more about the practice of memento mori here.