Memento Mori


Remember your death. Scroll down to read more about the Memento Mori devotion!


Prints larger than 5×7 are archival giclee prints, prints larger than 8×10 are drop shipped from an accredited giclee archival print company. Please note that drop shipping can take up to 5 business days to ship, and that larger prints always take longer. Thank you for your patience!!!


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It’s recorded that some Saints would keep a human skull on their desks to remind themselves of their Earthly death, and as a reminder that any moment could be their last: so do not waste the day and prepare yourself to meet the Lord.

Memento Mori is also a reminder that when we are followers of Christ we must die to ourselves. We must live for others as Christ lived for us.

But it is a joyful reminder – it’s not all doom and gloom because at the end of our days, if we have lived fully for Christ in accordance with His Church, we will get to Heaven – and only joy and laughter will be our lot.

So remember you will die. And pray often for the grace of a holy death.

In this still life, the skull rests on the black fabric and the rough hewn wood symbolic of our humanity and sin. The hourglass, out of time, reminds us that we will know not the day nor the hour of our death, but that it will be sooner than we expect.

But that is not the end. In a dramatic contrast, the white box frames the scene. Heaven is always present; and our path to it: the Word of God.

Will we choose the black path of sin and death, or choose the golden path of eternal life in Heaven?


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Staging photos are not necessarily accurate representations of the size of the image, but simply give an idea of the image in a room. Please measure your actual wall before deciding.

Images subject to copyright, copyright Monica Skrzypczak. Do not reproduce without explicit written permission. To use the image in print at your parish, or any other use, feel free to email me with the project and number of copies estimated for a quote on a temporary license.


Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 1 in

5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14" canvas, 11"x14" paper print


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While many items are made to order, I always strive to get your order out by the next shipping day – Tuesday and Thursday. I ship First Class USPS which generally takes 2-4 days after that to arrive at your house.

11×14 prints and canvas prints are drop shipped and will take up to 5 days to ship. Smaller prints are stocked here and ship regularly.

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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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