Image: Sienna Perro
A lot of work has gone into getting this body to rest in peace.
There is a quiet, strangely clinical atmosphere in a funeral home; it feels antiseptic, not unlike a doctor’s office. In some ways, this isn’t surprising, because both doctors and morticians deal with the same thing: the human body. The funeral director takes care of the body when the doctor can do no more, accompanying it and facilitating its last journey from the morgue to its final resting place.
“Over the course of the year I traveled to funeral homes in various states, gaining access to spaces that most people rarely see,” says photographer Sienna Perro. “Rather than focusing on the context in which most people encounter funeral homes — frequently during emotional and distressing periods of grief — I was fascinated with how surprisingly normal they appear when only the staff are present.”