Why do we need to have a viewing?

A topic that often arises during funeral arrangements is whether or not to have a viewing. Families may be hesitant or unsure of whether it is a necessary step in the grieving process, or they may feel uncomfortable with the idea of seeing their loved one after they have passed away. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of having a viewing and how it can aid in the grieving process.

Firstly, what is a viewing? A viewing is when a loved one who has passed away is viewed by their family and friends. This can be immediately prior to a funeral service, or it can be a separate time and location to the service. It is an opportunity for one final farewell and often a private moment of reflection. The viewing can be a chance for the family to say goodbye, either through spoken words or simply being present with their loved one in a peaceful environment.

Grief experts highly encourage having a viewing; we know that when we lose someone, one of the steps in accepting their loss can be to see the person after they have passed. Additionally, having a viewing can show that they are now peaceful. It is important to remember that the viewing can be tailored to the family’s wishes and preferences. For example, it can be a closed casket, or the loved one can be dressed in clothing of their choice.

At Grace Funerals, we believe in being as gentle and non-invasive as possible. When your loved one comes into our care, they will be washed, their hair washed and styled, and they will be dressed in the clothes that you provide to us, or in a shroud if that is your preference. We typically only apply makeup if that is your request, and we use photographs provided by the family to match the style of hair and makeup. The feedback we receive from our client families is that their loved one is at peace and looks well cared for and loved.

There are several benefits to having a viewing. Firstly, it can aid in the grieving process by giving the family a chance to say goodbye in a private and peaceful environment. It can also provide closure and help with the acceptance of the loss. Secondly, a viewing can be an opportunity to celebrate the life of the loved one. The family can bring in items that represent their loved one, such as photos, personal items, or memorabilia. This can help to create a personalized tribute to the person who has passed away.

At Grace Funerals, we suggest having a viewing the day before the funeral in our chapel at Emu Plains if that is convienent. Alternative on the day at the funeral location. We are happy to accommodate multiple viewings, and during business hours, there is no charge (at Emu Plains). We understand that every family’s needs and preferences are different, and we are always happy to discuss the options available to you.

It is important to remember that the decision to have a viewing is a personal one and should be based on what feels right for the family. It can be a difficult decision to make, but it can also provide comfort and closure during a difficult time. As funeral directors, we are here to guide and support you through every step of the process, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

In conclusion, having a viewing can be a beneficial step in the grieving process. It provides an opportunity for a final farewell, closure, and a chance to celebrate the life of the loved one. At Grace Funerals, we understand the importance of this step and are dedicated to providing our clients with a personalized and compassionate service. If you have any questions or concerns about having a viewing, please do not hesitate to contact us on 4735 6900 | 4751 6166 | 9935 6900.