Beautifully written.
Alex R. Smith

My maternal grandparents had been thinking of having some family pictures taken by a studio photographer, but other things got in the way when it came into fitting something like this into their budget.

Then, their 24 year old son who had been the picture of health suddenly was dying of Bright’s Disease. After he passed away on February 19, 1941, they decided to include the family photo session in funeral expenses for Uncle Donald.

Their first child had been born far too soon to survive, but they had six kids that ranged in age from 26 down to 11.

The studio photographer took several pictures of both the entire family plus some close-ups of Uncle Donald.

When I saw the pictures, I thought that it had been a wonderful idea.

My paternal grandma lost her battle to cancer on June 6, 1973. I was 20 at the time and decided to bring my camera to the funeral home. Aunt Ruby was upset with the idea, but Aunt Jenny thought that it was a good idea and told me to go ahead and take the pictures. When the pictures were developed, Aunt Ruby said that she was now glad that I’d taken the pictures.

These days, it has gotten to be commonplace to take pictures — both stills and videos — at visitations and even funerals.

Of course, this has been true for quite sometime when it comes to many celebrities.

I see nothing wrong and so many things right re: this practice.