were one or two showing the deceased in an open coffin, so clearly the tradition is still alive in his region. Never liked the idea, myself.
yeah I thought it was morbid, but when you think about it, all the photos taken during WWII of all those starving people suffering, photos taken during veitnam of men strung in trees the apparent suffereing they endured, pictures of dead bodies floating in rivers. photos of dead isnt really just a common practice for just poland because photos are taken of bodies found ( unknown) to identify them, some who might not be identifiable all around the globe..
I wondered the same question, but what mazza says makes sense , because I have heard and our family also owns a picture of a family member who died back in the start of the 30s unexpectedly.. none of them know why this photo was taken, but now seeing a photo like that, it makes sense that they would take a picture with the family around the casket looking at the camera.