18th Century Funeral Announcement From Les Menus & Programmes Illustrés - Invitations - Billets de Faire-Part - Cartes d'Adresses - Petites Estampes du XVIIème Siècle jusqu'à nos jours. By Léon Maillard. Published 1898 by G. Boudet, Paris.
Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.