Photography and death
Taking photographs of your loved ones after their death is a common practice in Victorian Britain, as a memento mori. Most of these postmortem pictures show parents cradling their children, or wives alongside their deceased husbands. Postmortem photographs thus form a funerary ritual. To facilitate the coming to terms of a death and externalize the process of loss and grief.
Al Jazeera, “What death means to me”, August to October 2017.