Death photography was, at one time, a popular way of preserving a memory of a loved one who has passed. This video discusses the history of it, and suggests that it can still play a role in modern society as a way to cope with grief.
As certain as it is, dealing with death is arguably the most difficult challenge in one's life. This video, from SciShow Psych, talks about post-mortem photography in it's historic context, but also discusses how it can still be used to help people through the grieving process.
Gone are the days of posing the body of a recently deceased loved one as if they were still alive in order to get a family photo. However, some photographers do specialize in grief photography — the most notable specific genre being that of still-born photography. It goes without saying that the grieving parents of these children don't have any photos of the infant that they so looked forward to meeting, so hiring a professional photographer to capture some memory is indeed appreciated by a few. And, as the video explains, psychologists believe that these photos serve as effective tools in coping with grief.
While the Victorian era photos tend to send shivers down the spines of many, I think that there could still be a place for post-mortem photography of older relatives in the modern world. Done tastefully, I can see how grieving families could benefit from it.
Do any of our readers specialize in grief photography? What are you thoughts on extending it to older relatives, like times gone by?