Stannard, David E. 1977. The Puritan Way of Death: a Study in Religion, Culture, and Social Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 236pp. This is an important resource for understanding the New England Puritan worldview and notions of death and dying in colonial New England.
Tashjian, Dickran and Ann. 1974. Memorials for Children of Change: the Art of Early New England Stonecarving. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 309pp. "A broad, interdisciplinary study of the seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century gravestones of New England. Fascinating linking of gravestone carving with contemporaneous painting, furniture, and funeral sermons.