When a loved one dies, a viewing can be a significant part of the mourning process, allowing family and friends to pay their respects and find closure.
Understanding what a viewing is and what happens may help people decided if seeing their loved one is right for them.
Your funeral director will openly discuss your families wishes and if a viewing is suitable. They will make suggestions to find a calm space to hold the viewing, this can be in at the funeral home, chapel, church or in some circumstances, even in the family home.
A viewing can be held day/s prior to a funeral service, on the day of a service or without a service at all.
At the viewing, family and friends can approach the coffin, touch and hold the hand of their loved one, or simply say a silent goodbye. In some cultures, it is customary to place flowers or items in the coffin with their loved ones.
At the conclusion of a viewing, family and friends will have an opportunity for a final goodbye. Some people will leave the room with the coffin still open and have the funeral directors close it after their departure. Some people like to be present when the coffin is closed for the final time, there is no right or wrong.