Memorial with Symbolism I am just about certain that the child in this photo is dead. There are several clues: the flowers, sunken eyes, relaxed hands and feet. In addition, the decorative style of the mount was commonly used in memorial photos. Death and mourning symbolism in the decorative work around the photo include the two doves, the scroll, and "crossing the river". The stag in the lower right basically symbolizes a desire to be closer to God.