Post mortem Photography in the 21st Century!
WARNING ⚠️ IMAGES IN THIS POST WILL BE SHOCKING AND UPSETTING TO SOME!
A friend of mine sent me this link on Facebook and I had initially thought that the pictures would not amount to much as they usually don't. But on opening the attachment and viewing the pictures I felt quite taken aback by them. Not because of what they are because I have seen far worse in my time in the funeral business. But rather that they where allowed to be taken in a place that for me is kind of sacred. A place where outside interference stops and the work of the mortician begins. What goes on between a mortician and their deceased client is like how a doctor would treat his patients. Not to be violated in such a public way.
Now I understand that the photographer is a controversial character and that he has a job to do but I think sometimes lines should not be crossed. That one image that particularly shocked me was the one of the mans genitals! When I was training to be an embalmer the first thing I was taught when handling the deceased was to always cover their modesty and never leave their genital area exposed. I have always stood by this teaching and always ensure that others working with me understand this process.
Post mortem photography had been happening since cameras where invented. It was a particular feature to most Victorian funerals. Recently it has made a come back and in my time I have had families as to photograph their loved ones in the chapel of rest. People regularly take photos of the funeral itself. They photograph the hearse, coffin, flowers and anything else they can take a picture of on the day. But for me personally o don't think cameras should be allowed in the mortuary area to film or photograph dead bodies unless perdition is granted by a family, or it is for educational purposes. What do you guys think?