During the reign of Queen Victoria in Great Britain, with the advent of such a miracle as photography, quite strange practices were adopted for a modern person. Perhaps this is due to a completely different attitude of the people of the XIX century to death, because at that time the usual flu could kill a healthy and young person, so death was a common and habitual phenomenon. In our time, it is customary to avoid the topic of death, we try to hide this law of nature from children, to avoid it in conversation and be afraid of it.
These photographs of the Victorian era demonstrate the desire of people to remember their loved ones, to leave their image with them for life. A modern person, of course, will be frightened by photos in which people who have already left our world are standing, sitting next to their loved ones or sleeping peacefully.
Photos of those who have lived a full life, perhaps, are not so much surprising.
But here are the shots of a woman holding her dead daughter, already causing an oppressive feeling of longing.
Even more tragic are the photos in which parents hold their little child in their arms.
Obviously, in the Victorian era it was customary to take photographs of deceased children. Sometimes the child was photographed among his favorite things.
Family members were often photographed together with the deceased.
Sometimes the deceased were photographed in a standing position with the help of a special stand or assistant. For example, in this photo you can see the hand that holds the boy's head.
Photographers did everything to give those who left our world as much "alive" as possible. For example, they pierced the pupils.
Often photographers positioned the bodies so that it seemed as if the person had just fallen asleep.
Yes, the British are famous for their love of animals.
Sometimes people look so natural in photos that it's hard to believe that this person is no longer breathing. This is probably what the family members for whom these photos were taken were trying to achieve.