origin: (1635–45) French; via Italian; catafalco= "scaffold"
A raised platform (often fanciful or draped in cloth) that supports the coffin and/or body of the deceased during a funeral service. In a Catholic funeral, it is used to symbolize the person over whom Absolution of the dead is being said.
President Lincoln's ornate catafalque
origin: (1350-1400) Middle English; via Latin exequiae= "to follow to the end"
Funeral rites and ceremonies.
*Both of these words came from “The Funeral” by Richard Matheson.