The funerary process helps begin the healing process after a loved one has passed. It gives your family, friends, and neighbors an opportunity to support one another. Memories can be shared, and the life of the deceased may be celebrated and honored. A dignified viewing or visitation is a common event within the larger funerary process.
Briefly stated, a viewing includes an open casket and the body of the deceased. A visitation does not include the body, but typically presents a photograph or an urn.
A viewing or visitation creates a peaceful image that leaves friends and family with a strong positive memory of the deceased. This can be particularly helpful if the loved one's final days were spent in a hospital or nursing home.
When you hold a viewing or visitation, we encourage you to bring personal items that reveal the importance and accomplishments of your loved one. Seeing those objects helps everyone share and remember a beautiful life.