When photography became increasingly commonplace, it became a trend during the Victorian era (c. 1830-1900) to marry this new technology with death. Post-mortem photography, or bereavement photography, was the practice of taking portraits of the dead, often with other family members. The deceased were often arranged in lifelike poses, sometimes with the aid of props and stands, and frequently with their eyes opened. In some group photos, the deceased is only given away by their vacant stare. To prevent blurring, surviving family members were required to remain still in repose with their dead relative for several minutes while the image was exposed on the film or plate. Bereavement photography died out as a funerary custom around the turn of the century and death in general has become much more hidden from view, but it remains in practice still today.