I am currently working on a system to manage debt, specifically account history. There are various statuses that an account can sit at and the product owner has requested an icon for each status, so that the user can determine the account status at a glance.
As users of this system will be spending many hours every day with the system I think this is a reasonable request, but I have one sticking point.
I cannot think of a tasteful icon to indicate that the account holder has died. Suggestions offered around the office have included a tombstone, a scythe, dove, and an inverted cross surrounded by a pentagram.