David Kilpatrick wrote:... There is no mention of something important (and hidden) in UK and Irish photo history, the death portrait. This was and to a degree still is a professional commission in predominantly Roman Catholic areas, notably Liverpool; after the undertaker has prepared the corpse for lying-in (traditionally at the home of the family, not in a funeral parlour) the local wedding and portrait photographer takes a death portrait.
March 09, I photographed my uncles funeral proceedings. Although I was a bit reluctant to, I photographed the body, as someone told my aunt that she may want that picture.
Last month, at my aunt's (his wife's) funeral, I was asked not to even photograph the funeral, as they didn't want any pictures of the body. It seems some of them were upset by the pictures of my uncle's body. It was 'videoed' with a Bloggie, but I have yet to see the results.