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    Ghost Babies: A comprehensive article that explains the nature of postmortem photography. A must-read!

    Postmortem photography

    Dead Man Standing - It was 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina wish to stand at his own funeral and when this man was found dead, his grieving family made that wish come true. After being embalmed, his corpse was propped up for his three day wake in his mother's living room dressed in his favorite Yankees cap and sunglasses

    Not sure if this child is already deceased or in process of dying. I think the last option. It looks so sad into the camera, as a last goodbye.

    This was the actual viewing..eerily and hauntingly beautiful..makes me want to cry

    Post-mortem photography

    Emmett Till. His mother, Mamie, ignored those who told her to not open Emmett’s closed casket. She insisted on an open-casket funeral, so the world could see what had been done to her son.

    Woman in chair is deceased... so touching that her sister is holding her in this way... the fact that the living lady's face is turned away from the camera is indicative of mourning...

    Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin. During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead. The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent site.

    Post Mortem Photography.....such a beautiful picture.

    Dead baby...

    There is a nearly shocking moment, as you look at this photo, when it hits you that it's not modern (by any stretch of the imagination), it is of (photographer) Albert Sands Southworth and was taken in 1848. A time when the last thing most people (today) would imagine a prim and proper Victorian gentleman doing would be to pose for a topless self-portrait. Simply wonderful!

    An 1800's, beautifully-attired, post-mortem (posting stand visible behind her) Victorian girl holding flowers.

    Teen girl

    If you look closely you can see the wire holding up her arm. She is actually dead.

    Postmortem portrait of a girl, ca.1900.

    Woman Mourning their dog


    A rare behind the scenes glimpse of a rather serious looking Victorian (1890s) bride who is being dressed for her big day. #wedding #bride #dress #1800s #Victorian #vintage #19th_century

    The Great Sarah Bernhardt Asleep in Her Coffin, Silver gelatin print, circa 1882