Did you know: Victorian funeral customs and superstitions:
Curtains would be drawn and clocks would be stopped at the time of death. Mirrors were covered with crape or veiling to prevent the deceased’s spirit from getting trapped in the looking glass. A wreath of laurel, yew or boxwood tied with crape or black ribbons was hung on the front door to alert passersby that a death had occurred. The body was watched over every minute until burial, hence the custom of “waking”. The wake also served as a safeguard from burying someone who was not dead, but in a coma. Most wakes also lasted 3-4 days to allow relatives to arrive from far away. (source)
Our Graveyard Wreath is not made from any of the above mention materials, as a matter of fact we upcycled it from how it use to look and gave it a more Gothic Halloween style!