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R.I.P. Man’s Best Friend
Post-mortem Photography
Part III

If you’ve been following CVLT Nation for a while, then you know we are unabashed taphophiles. There’s nothing we like more than music, art and film that has to do with death, especially historical practices around death. One of our favorite is Victorian post-mortem photography (Part I & Part II), the practice of taking photos of your recently deceased loved ones in order to have a memento mori keepsake. Many times the family member was a child or infant, and many times an elderly parent, but sometimes the family member was a pet. I imagine that taking a photograph was not cheap in the Victorian era, so there aren’t a lot of pet post-mortem photos, but the ones that I found were clearly taken out of a deep love for the deceased animal. Enjoy!

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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