I think this practice is best left back in Victorian times where it belongs I find it very distasteful, my younger brother died about five years ago and I will never forget how terrible he looked on his deathbed, and would rather remember him when he was healthy.
Images were costly "back in the day" and often people would wait to take pictures of their children once they had formed into adults, many death portraits of children were taken as a remembrance because the family never had an image of them in life.
~Stone | "...of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."~Dennis Miller