Her husband had her figure caused in repose and watched over by a mourning woman who stands at her death bed.
Arsenic was often used by Victorian women of the upper class in the forms of creams (usually also containing mercury), wafers and drops for the tongue, to produce a deathly pale tone to the skin. Pale skin was a sign that the woman did not have to do physical labor. Arsenic was easily obtained from their local pharmacists. So easily was it obtained, that it became a "trendy" form of poisoning.