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TikTok mortician reveals how mourners have asked her if they can take photos of deceased loved ones as she lifts the lid on her life at work
- TikTok creator TheMortuaryTech, from Wiltshire, makes educational videos
- She regularly tackles delicate topics about what happens after we die
- In a recent video, she discussed taking photos of deceased loves ones
- The video, which said the photos are a personal choice, garnered mixed opinions
A mortician has revealed that mourners sometimes ask whether they can take images of their deceased loved ones, in one of her educational videos about working in a mortuary.
The Wiltshire-based social media creator known as TheMortuaryTech, who keeps her real name private for legal reasons, tackled the delicate topic of taking photos of dead people in a recent video.
In the clip, she addressed a question that had been sent to her by one of her 255,000 followers, and revealed that people sometimes ask to take the images at her place of work – a request she says is never refused.
The question asked: ‘What do you think of taking photos of the deceased once they’ve started to decompose? My grandma was starting to decompose and family took photos.’
TikTok creator TheMortuaryTech (pictured) recently shared a video in which she shared her opinion on taking photos of deceased loved ones
The question divided opinion – although some people said they wouldn’t take photos, others said they had done, and found having the images comforting
In response, TheMortuaryTech said: ‘It’s a personal choice for most people, and it wouldn’t be right for me to say yes or no.
‘Personally, I think it’s ok to take pictures of your loved one. I know personally, if I had a camera phone when my father passed away, and when my baby passed away, I would have absolutely taken pictures of them.
‘But there is a point where you probably would think, is it really worth [it for me to] keep looking at this picture if, sadly, decomposition has set in.’
She noted again that it’s a personal choice, and added: ‘I think everyone has their own opinions on this. And I can imagine it’s very divided.
‘We would never stop anyone taking a photo of their loved one. It’s not for us to do that. Some people are dead against it, and say, No, it’s morbid, it’s not nice.
‘Some people are like, well, actually, this is the only lasting memory I’m going to have because it’s the last time I’m going to see them.’
The TikTokker concluded: ‘As I said, it’s a personal choice, and it’s not that I disagree with it – I would have done it.’
For some of the people who commented on the video, taking photographs of deceased loved ones was something they weren’t sure about
Opinions on the topic were mixed, with commentators taking to the video to share their own thoughts.
Some said they wouldn’t take images of their deceased loved ones, with one writing: ‘My lasting image of my mum was laying on her bedroom floor… I just couldn’t… then we had a 7 week wait to funeral…’
Another also felt unsure about taking images, adding: ‘I didn’t think of this when I went to see my mum, I don’t know how I feel about the concept of taking photos.’
And a further TikTok user wrote: ‘I couldn’t of done this when my dad passed I wanted to remember him as he was.’
Numerous users said they had found comfort in taking photographs of their deceased loved ones
However, others disagreed, writing that having the images provided an extra memory of their loved ones, after they died.
One wrote: ‘I took picture of my mum after she just passed il keep it forever its the only way that I can come to terms with losing her.’
Another added: ‘I took photos of mum in her coffin, she looked beautiful. I don’t think i would have done if she hadn’t looked like her xx’
A third said: ‘I have hundreds of pictures of my mum in the coffin. I’ll forever keep them.’