Open Casket Funeral

Open casket funerals provide a way for you and your family to see your loved one looking their best for a final time, for closure. If you’re considering an open casket funeral or comparing an open casket with a closed casket funeral, this article will tell you what you need to know.

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What is an open casket funeral?

An open casket funeral is a style of funeral in which the embalmed and dressed body of a deceased person is put on open display in a casket, most often so that family and friends may view the body as they say their goodbyes. 

For some families, open-casket funerals are a way to find comfort when they’ve lost their loved ones. Funeral directors that offer open casket funerals usually spend hours carefully applying makeup and styling hair, so that the deceased person looks as peaceful and natural as possible. In addition, open caskets allow family members and friends to leave personal items on the body. It leaves everyone with a final good memory of their loved one, seeing them as they were in life one final time, as if they were sleeping. While an open casket viewing can be somewhat confronting, With a life-like appearance, it’s a good way to help with closure.

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How do you prepare for an open casket funeral?

Open casket funerals can be a little more complicated than traditional funeral services because the deceased person’s appearance needs to remain flawless throughout the entire process. While you won’t have to do much to prepare, there are a few steps your funeral director will take to ensure everything is ready for the day.
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Before the open-casket service, embalmers will wash and dress the body. This involves makeup, hair work, and preservation, ensuring your loved one looks as perfect now as they did in life.
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They will then be dressed in their nicest clothing, supplied by the family, or funeral dress supplied by the funeral home and placed in the casket of choice on the day.
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Depending on the date of the funeral service itself, the body may need to be preserved. If it needs to be delayed and ends up weeks in the future, it may be better to have a closed casket funeral service.
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Open Casket Funeral Etiquette

Because of the nature of an open casket service, they can be very emotional and even difficult. There are a few unspoken open casket funeral etiquette rules that need to be acknowledged for this kind of service. For example, you shouldn’t touch the body or talk about how the body looks, and don’t place anything into the casket unless you have permission. It’s also recommended not to have food or drinks around the casket and not to take pictures of the deceased’s body. 

If you’re viewing the body, it’s important to wait your turn, waiting for the previous person or group to move away before moving up. You may take a few moments to compose yourself and say your goodbyes before moving away.

If you do not wish to view the body it is also perfectly fine to remain seated. When it comes down to it, as long as you’re being respectful you’re more than welcome to go with your personal preference.

Should I Have an Open or Closed Casket Funeral Service?

Sometimes closed casket funerals are a better idea, especially if the deceased is in a condition that’s not ideal for viewing. While modern techniques for preparation are excellent, there are limitations. If you’re considering having an open casket funeral, discuss with your funeral director and they will be able to provide you with more information and guidance. 

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Talk to Our Experienced Funeral Director About an Open Casket Funeral

Whether you choose to have an open or closed casket service, it’s up to you and your family to choose. If you choose Kingston Funerals, our team will be in close communications with you, helping you decide what’s best for your loved one, your family, and yourself. We also provide guidance, assistance and emotional support through what can be a stressful and difficult time. Discuss your needs with our team today for more information on our services, and let our experienced funeral directors assist you.
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