Authentic ideas about what happens at a viewing

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Authentic Ideas About What Happens at a Viewing of a Deceased Person

Understanding the Process:

During this time, family and friends often gather to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes at a viewing. A viewing, can be a significant part of the mourning process, allowing family members and individuals to find closure, offer support and remember the person who has passed away. At Moody’s , we open a discussion on wether the family wish to have this or not..It is a vert personal choice to have or not to have this takes place. Our suggestion when making this event  to trust in how you, the family feel and do what you want, not what other’s suggest..

Location and Setup

Viewings are can be held in our funeral home, at a church or chapel or even at the deceased person’s home or in some cases, . Our funeral home provides a comfortable and serene setting for friends and family to gather. Upon arrival at our funeral home Moody & Daughter Funeral Directors, family and friends are greeted by our funeral directors and taken into our funeral chapel. Our chapel offers a calm and peaceful ambiance for you to view your loved one and reflect on their life and the love you hold for them.

Viewing Hours

Viewing hours can vary depending on where the viewing will take place. Our chapel is available for viewings during our business hours, at no additional cost. A viewing can also be held before the funeral service, a time can be allocated, privately if you wish, for this to take place prior. Some cultures may observe specific traditions, such as overnight viewings in their home.

Paying Respects

At the viewing, those attending have the opportunity to approach the casket or coffin of their loved one. Family and guests can offer a moment of reflection, offering a prayer or a few kind words, or simply saying a silent goodbye.

Condolences and Support

During a viewing, it’s not uncommon for attendees to offer condolences and support to the grieving family members. Expressing sympathy and sharing stories or memories can provide comfort and help those in mourning feel less alone in their grief. A simple “I’m here for you” can mean the world to someone who is grieving.

Rituals and Traditions

Cultural and religious customs can play a significant role in what happens at a viewing of a deceased person. For example, in some cultures, it’s customary to bring flowers or light candles, while others may have specific prayers or rituals to follow.

Emotional Support

Viewings can be emotionally charged events. It’s not uncommon for attendees to experience a range of emotions. From sadness and grief to relief or even a smile as they reminisce about their loved one. Providing emotional support to those who are grieving is suggested. Simply offering a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on can make a significant difference.

Final Goodbyes

At the conclusion of the viewing period, the casket or coffin is often closed, and a final farewell is given. Attendees may have the chance to say their last goodbyes, offer a final prayer, or participate in a closing ritual. 

Viewing of deceased persons when suited, can sometimes be a part of the grieving process. This can be an additional opportunity for loved ones to come together, share their memories and assist in finding closure.  The experience can be emotionally challenging, but it can also be a vital part of the healing process.

Understanding what a viewing is, and what happens at a viewing, may help to approach such moments with sensitivity and empathy. Therefore, providing the support and solace that grieving families may need during their time of loss. Keeping in mind that to hold a viewing is a personal choice for the family members of the deceased person.

Our female and male funeral directors are available to talk through your available options, if you would like to hold a viewing of your loved one.

Contact Us today for further information.


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