If pictures are worth 1000 words, are post mortem photography pictures worth more?
While this isn’t a story about ghosts or ghost hunting, it’s certainly got me wondering. Would I do something like this? Why do these photos creep me out?
Imagine a family picture of mom, dad, brother, sister, and there’s grandma. Well, she’s dead but we wanted just one last family photo together.
These aren’t photos of death; they’re apparently to preserve the memory of the loved one until the moment they passed.
As the common practice of post-mortem photography in North America and Western Europe has largely ceased, the portrayal of such images has become increasingly seen as vulgar, sensationalistic and taboo. This is in marked contrast to the beauty and sensitivity perceived in the older tradition, indicating a cultural shift that may reflect wider social discomfort with death.
Search post mortem photography online for pictures and more history.