catafalqueˈkæt əˌfɔk, -ˌfɔlk, -ˌfælk
a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
A platform used to display or convey a coffin during a funeral, often ornate.
A catafalque is a raised bier, box, or similar platform, often movable, that is used to support the casket, coffin, or body of the deceased during a funeral or memorial service. Following a Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, a catafalque may be used to stand in place of the body at the Absolution of the dead. The term originates from the Italian catafalco, which means scaffolding. The most notable Italian catafalque was the one designed for Michelangelo by his fellow artists in 1564. Catafalque decorations are known as castrum doloris.