The Victorian Era was a very strange and morbid time. Apparently something that they did to honor their dead was take post-mortem photographs. Now a days that is completely unheard of and you would be locked up instantly an account of you got the CRAZY! This however was completely normal. And it wasn’t just pictures of the dead. Sometimes living folks had to pose with the dead. It could be siblings, or parents or even the deceased’s pets.
Check out this link.. warning this might haunt your dreams. Especially if you are someone like me that likes to put yourself in situations you see/read/etc. It is crazy that they thought this was a good idea, but we live in a world where almost everything we own has a built in camera. Back then this might be the only picture that they would have of their loved one.