Strict etiquette has ruled out the taking of photographs at funerals for some time: we do not wish to preserve intrusive images of grief.
But there is a growing acknowledgement that a funeral may include memories worth preserving. A carefully crafted coffin decked in beautiful flowers; the unique assembly of friends and family; moments of mutual support.
During the Victorian era it was traditional to take photographs of the dead, and many moving images of them remain, dressed and surrounded by their families in sombre tribute.
The tradition is gradually returning, with some feeling the need to record what might be the only time when a family is reunited over the years. Select photographers now offer a discreet service which will provide loved ones with a valuable tribute to the deceased.
Wolf Kettler (Wiltshire)
Howard King (South East England)
Serene Images (South England)
Or if you would prefer a friend or relative to take sympathetic pictures, do read these helpful tips.