How weird is this ~ hiring a funeral photographer

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  1. Anita Bonghit

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    We will be attending a funeral this week for a friends father. They are having a viewing the day before and have hired a photographer to come and document the event. Our friend wants to have pictures of her, her father and her dog. Anybody else that desires is welcome to have a picture taken. I understand this is a personal decision and none of my business but I've never heard of this before, is this something new. Just wondering...
     
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    I vote very weird.
     
  3. corliss1

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    So weird........but logical. People only get the whole family together at weddings and funerals so may as well take advantage of the gathering?
     
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    It was a tradition in the Virtorian Age to have photos shot with deceased relatives to commemorate them. Not my cup of tea.

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    Yep. That Victorian death culture is well-documented and creepy as f**k.

    Hell, I’m so glad “laying people out” is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
     
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    I've been shown lots of pictures from funeral gatherings. Maybe the procession, maybe of people at the reception. (Not the dead person)
    Everyone taking cell phone pics anyway.
    Nice for distant or elderly friends and relatives who couldn't attend.
    A pro?
    Why not?
     
  7. tery

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    I will not have a photo of anyone that I know in their casket .
     
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    No thanks. Hard pass.
     
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    Better than people doing it with cell phones, I guess?

    My sister is a baby photographer (not the person who is floating around at the hospital, but a professional with a studio), and while she doesn't do funerals, it's fairly common for her to get called to the hospital to take last pictures of babies who didn't make it with their parents.
     
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    It would be great if they documented me climbing back out of my casket and belting out; Prop me up by the jukebox when I go!
     
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    A lot of times it was the only time or way they could get a photo . There is only one photo of my great grandfather that I am aware of and I haven’t even seen it.


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    I don't want to see my family dead. Never did. I can look at a dead friend OK...but not my family. What anybody else does never really surprises me but the first images that come to mind of my mom and dad are them lying dead in a casket...and I resent that I was made to see them that way...at a young age.
     
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    It's probably for use on social media, facebook status update or something.
    Is it going to be livestreamed on YouTube too?

    There was a similar report on this new trend last year.

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    I've seen things that are astounding to me, but I need to remind myself that everybody deals with grief differently and I shouldn't judge.
     
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    When I go , at the end of the service, I want a piano player to to play Pop goes the weasel, but only the verse. After each verse , pause for an uncomfortable moment and start over again. 7 times ought unnerve everyone pretty well.
     
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    If you've ever really been with someone at the end of the their life, by their side for some time, right up until the moment they die, then honestly seeing them in the casket is not a big deal...my experience.

    Regarding photography. Lots of funerals are photographed, filmed, heck some are televised on CNN with politicians making speeches and celebrities singing songs and so forth. Not really my cup of tea, but...whatever.
     
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    I work in a convention venue that is in a rotation with 4 other venues to host a funeral directors association. There is an increasing amount of add-on stuff that can be offered for a fee, from live streaming funeral services to crime scene sanitation, so this would not surprise me a bit.
    On a related note, although their trade show looks rather macabre, they are a very fun group.
     
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    ^^this^^

    I won't even go to a viewing, I think it's ghoulish to do that to someone's dead body.
     
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    I already made my wishes known to my family. When my time comes I don’t care what they do with my body. They can have a viewing and funeral, stick me in the neighbor’s backyard, donate my body to science, or donate my body to science fiction. Take pictures, make a music video. I’ll be too dead to care. But my guitars are another story. Nobody touches my guitars!
     
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