In years long passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".

Another death scene of Anna Nicole Smith

How beautiful that this couple loved each other so much that they would let nothing, not even death, separate them.

This is the first time I've seen someone posed this way. Sad he died so young. - james dean morgue photos | James Dean Autopsy ...

Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier held captive in a room for 25 years by her mother. This is the photo of her the day she was found.

Past Lives Reincarnation- The True Story of The Children Who Have Lived Before..........This was on a tv show

Belle Sorenson Gunness (1859-1908?) was a serial killer who had moved from Norway to Chicago in 1881. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades. She became known as "Hell's Belle".

This guy raped and murdered his 20-month-old stepson. In turn, he was raped, stitched up, and raped as many as 20 times. He's learned the meaning of "payback is a bitch". (DB)

Life Before Death - These photos of people before and after death are strangely fascinating. Very sad, yet beautiful...and gives so much food for thought.

This picture was taken by a friend of this person's daughters. She, along with her boyfriend, and a couple of other friends, were camping and naturally taking lots of pictures. When they had the film developed, they were not only stunned, but very saddened to find what appears to be a lonely little girl standing behind them.

A young girl laid out in the parlour. A house's parlor was also commonly referred to as the "death room". Up until the earlier part of the 20th century the laying out of the body and the funeral took place at home. Specifically in the death room. In 1910 The Ladies Home Journal declared that the "death room" was finished. Henceforth we began referring to it as the "living room".

Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth | History | Smithsonian - Ida Wood, who lived for decades as a recluse in a New York City hotel, would have taken her secrets to the grave—if here sister hadn't gotten there first

Florence Nightingale always felt she was on the verge of death. She finally succumbed to the great reaper in 1910 at the grand old age of 90, having spent the previous 57 years almost entirely bedridden.

The Bloody Benders were an alleged family of serial killers who owned a small general store and inn in Osage township, Labette County, Kansas from 1871 to 1873. The inn was a simple one room house divided into living quarters and the kitchen and store area. The family consisted of John Bender, Mrs. Bender, son John Jr. and daughter Kate. They killed 11 victims.

The wake served as a safeguard from burying someone who was not dead, but in a coma. Most wakes also lasted 3-4 days to allow relatives to arrive from far away. The use of flowers and candles helped to mask unpleasant odors in the room before embalming became common. In 19th century Europe and America the dead were carried out of the house feet first, in order to prevent the spirit from looking back into the house and beckoning another member of the family to follow him.

Titanic Second Officer Charles Lightoller said he knew the real reason why Titanic hit the iceberg and sank. He protected White Star and kept the info to himself except for telling his beloved wife. He followed the "Women and Children" rule and dove into the ocean as it sank. He lead a group of others in staying afloat on an overturned lifeboat. He was the last survivor to board the Carpathia. His is a story worth reading. His version of what happened to Titanic is incredible.

Michio Hoshino, a Japanese photographer known for his wildlife photography, was mauled to death by a teddy bear on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. This was the last photo he took.....I could repin this a thousand times,,,and it still freaks me out . What a terrifying end .

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

I saw this a long time ago. The lady standing in black by the stroller doesn't have any legs. The person who took the photo said that the lady ion black wasn't there at the time the photo was taken.

She's one of the world's best-preserved bodies: Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. "Sleeping Beauty," as she's known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy.