Thursday, September 12, 2013

Funeral Pictures?


I always take my camera to funerals.  When they see me with my camera, I think it seems disrespectful or morbid to some people; but a few days later I get a phone call or card from someone who really appreciated the pictures and would like copies.  They weren't able to make it and are happy to see the goodbyes of a dear friend.  Or they were there, and are glad I captured these moments.  

My grandmother had a big family, and funerals were often the last time she'd seen everyone together, and she always came back with a stack of pictures; I grew up thinking that cameras and funerals were as natural together as a camera at any other event.  (As part of my dad's service to our country, he served a few summer tours at Arlington Cemetery, officiating at memorial services for men and women who've served our country.  Someone videotaped one of his services for the family and gave him a copy.  Talk about moving!  Read about the Arlington Ladies; just thinking about this makes me well up with emotion.)

Death is a part of life; even though it is a sad part, there are many beautiful moments in remembering a well-lived life.  Here are some of my favorite shots from funerals...

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Candace said...

Beautiful and very meaningful photos, Karen! I think funerals are as important as the resting places the departed occupy. Thank you for capturing so many wonderful photos!
Take Care!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Karen. I've always wondered why we don't have cameras at funerals. I've wanted to take mine a few times, but, as you say, people seem to think it's disrespectful. These photos are beautiful!

(And on another note, I hope you and your family are safe -- been thinking about you this morning.)

Miss Jean said...

I was doing well until I saw the Dum Dum lolipop! Beautiful pictures.

We are fine over here in Centennial and I hope (and pray) you are fine as well.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I had an uncle that videoed my father's funeral and I was able to watch it later as I wasn't able to attend. At the time I think people felt it was cold, but for my uncle it was natural (he's a filmmaker by profession)... He understood the need to document the event and for that I was truly grateful.

Stephanie D said...

I'm glad someone besides me thinks it's okay to take photos at funerals. I took one of my brother in his casket, as I hadn't seen him in over 20 years and wanted to look at him as long as I needed to, without anyone watching me. When I'd looked at it enough, a year or so later, I deleted it from my camera.

I find your pictures very moving, Karen.