Have you ever heard of this? It was common in Victorian times to call in a professional photographer to take photos of your deceased loved-one as a momento.
Cameras weren't common then, so it was often the only time a family might be recorded in photo-form together. The creepy part is that the body was often arranged to appear alive; using elaborate stands, pillows , flowers or hidden mothers. Some look extremely good, you'd have no clue that someone is dead. Others are much more obvious, with painted cheeks & eyes.
THOSE EYES !!!!
Judging by the visible wounds, this looks like there had been a bad accident.
Info (and some great pics!)