Reasons to Have a Viewing Before a Funeral
Planning the funeral of a loved one can be very stressful. It is hard to focus on anything while grieving, and planning a funeral requires making a lot of decisions. Luckily, the funeral directors at funeral homes in North Miami, FL are available to help. One thing you will need to decide is whether or not to have a viewing of the body before the funeral. Some of the reasons to have a viewing before a funeral include:
Give People a Chance to Say Goodbye
While some people are able to say goodbye before a loved one dies, there are many cases where a death is sudden and unexpected. Likewise, most people lead busy lives and may not often see those that they care about on a regular basis. Thus, when a person dies, there will likely be many people who want to say goodbye.
A viewing prior to a funeral service is a simple way to provide the opportunity for family and friends to say goodbye in their own way. A funeral home can work with you to make the viewing as long as you would like. During the viewing, everyone who attends will have the opportunity to see the deceased and say goodbye.
Face the Reality of Death
Learning that a loved one has died can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. Some people may experience shock when hearing the news. Sometimes, a person may be in denial and not want to face the fact that their loved one is gone. A viewing can help a person process what has happened and face the reality that the death has occurred.
While it is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable or incredibly saddened when viewing the body of a deceased loved one, coming to terms with the fact that he or she has passed can be beneficial. It is easier to go through the journey of grief when you recognize the fact that your loved one has passed away instead of trying to pretend that it didn’t happen.
Opportunity for Support
When you’re in charge of planning the funeral of a loved one, you may feel the need to try to put on a strong front. However, there is a good chance that you’re deeply mourning your loss. During this time, having the support of friends and family is very important.
A viewing is usually scheduled like an open house, where people can come and go between scheduled times. This means that during a viewing friends and loved ones will have more opportunities to provide support since there are typically fewer people at a viewing than a funeral at one time. Having that extra support from people who you care about may make it easier to get through the funeral itself.
Whether or not you have a viewing of your loved one’s body prior to his or her funeral is completely up to you. Funeral homes in North Miami, FL are staffed by experienced funeral directors who are there to help you during a trying time. Feel free to talk to your funeral director and learn more about planning a viewing.
Teri Vila-Caballero is the Pre Need Director at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. She joined the team in 2012 to fulfill her calling to serve our community.