I have only heard of it happening in the US. Please do not presume to tell me what I am "telling myself". I think it is distasteful and odd (including the Lenin thing), other people don't. Fine.
The thing is - millions and millions of people have disagreed over many decades. Considering that during some of that time American visitors to see Lenin were nonexistant (and the fact that it wasn't Americans who had Lenin displayed in the first place) your premise that it is an American thing and that it is a standard that you can count on just about everybody to share seems somewhat faulty.
I feel like you are attacking me for reporting my own experience.
I never said it was an exclusively American thing, but that I have only heard of it happening in America.
I am not saying I have standards I expect everyone to share. I am saying how I feel. The OP asked for opinions on the matter and I gave mine, but it feels like I am now not allowed to. I have repeatedly said I don't expect others to agree with my opinion.
If other people think posting funeral pictures are okay, then fine. I don't.
I think it's fine to feel disturbed by open caskets...I also don't like them, so I definitely understand the sentiment. I also think it's ok to say "in my culture, open caskets are not done and everyone on my FB friends list is of my same culture, therefore, if I ever saw a picture of an open casket on my news feed I would be surprised and shocked."
There is nothing wrong with you feelings this way. Nothing.
But, there is also nothing wrong with someone else feeling differently. Even though I don't like open caskets personally and wouldn't enjoy seeing one on my newsfeed, I don't think it rude or disturbing for someone else to feel and act differently. And that's the point some of us are trying to make. You can feel any way you like about it, but that doesn't mean that anyone else cannot act or believe differently. It doesn't make the picture rude.
Also, I'm a little confused by your exact feelings. Do you think open caskets, in general, are rude or just posting a picture of one on FB? It almost reads as if you are saying that because your culture doesn't normally have open caskets at funerals, that you think they are distasteful. And while I don't know your exact culture and can't speak for it, I would still say that it may be fine to say "it's rude in my culture", but not ok to project that to other people/cultures. KWIM?