Husband Lies Next To Dead Wife, Ambrotype, circa 1856
This husband has decorated his wife’s body with flowers. Then he lay down with her on her deathbed in order to be close to her for the last time, as they were recorded for posterity. Here the man acknowledges his wife is dead and simply stares lovingly at her.
From Sleeping Beauty II - Grief, Bereavement and the Family in Memorial Photography by Stanley B. Burns, M.D.