The Northwests very first Death Museum holds some interesting history
The Death Museum is the first of its kind in the Northwest. Ross Allison enjoys sharing his fascination for the history of death customs throughout the 1800's.
The museum has its morbid elements to it, but really it's supposed to be educational. "This is an embalming table," said Allison.
Back in the 1800's, there were no funeral homes, so when you wanted to host a ceremony, it would often be in your home. They created a portable casket stand to make it easier on loved ones.
Women who lost their husbands would have to be in mourning for a year and a half. During this time, they would only be allowed to wear black. "There were catalogs that showed women to be in the latest fashion when it came to mourning attire."
"If you cry for the one you lost, you could actually collect your tears and when you visit them in the cemetery, you could pour your tears on them."
This is what a common death bed would look like.
"There were a lot of people who felt like it would be more respectful if you're going to pose with the dead, make it look like they were sleeping."
"These death announcements are as elaborate as today's wedding announcements."