When my great grandmother died a few years ago both my mother and I took photographs of her in her hospice bed. I admit in the photographs she looks like she's sleeping and not dead. I think photographs of the dead, relative or not, are great tool to keep the memory of the person alive. I also have a few portraits of dead infants with their Mothers from the 19th century in my photo collection. Interesting genre that is still alive in eastern countries and south america while photographs of the dead seems to have become a sort of taboo in most western countries sad really.