One of the photos that most impressed the students was that of a child "sleeping." It was difficult for them to accept that this was a postmortem photograph, a popular and very socially acceptable practice in the last century.
Yesterday, footnoteMaven continued a discussion from her posting last week on postmortem photography, "I Still Think She's Dead and Here's Why." Her research is extensive and she brings several examples to the table in evaluating the status of the original photograph from "I Think She's Dead!"
I hope Maven considers publishing her post as a magazine article or as part of a book. It was a useful summation of the genre.