Deciding between open or closed casket funeral ceremonies

tyhSaying goodbye to a loved one is a trying time. The viewing of the body is by no means a mandatory means for a proper farewell, but some people feel it required for their personal closure.

When a death occurs unexpectedly, it can be incomprehensible for the deceased’s family and friends. In a way, the viewing of the body could be a part of the process in accepting the circumstances. When one sees the deceased in a state of rest and calm, it can bring peace of mind to those dealing with the loss. On the other hand, the viewing of the body can be overwhelming. Some prefer to keep their last memory of the deceased person only as alive and thus decide against the viewing.

Another reason that people choose to not view the body is based on the preparation of the body. If simple and quick arrangements are made where a service and embalming is not selected, a viewing is only possible at a time relatively soon after the death. Moreover, on occasions where embalming and restoration work is unable to return the appearance of the body to a recognisable state, for such reasons including death caused by a serious accident or unpleasant circumstances, it may not be possible to view the body.

When it comes to making the decision for an open or closed casket funeral service and the circumstances allow for it, viewing the body is an opportunity for you to see your loved one, dressed in their own clothes, restored to their natural complexion. This is consolation for those who may have last encountered their beloved unwell and perhaps in a hospital bed. Experienced funeral directors can help you out with your decision about open or closed