Why Hold a Viewing?

Published: June 20, 2022
by Medina Funeral Home & Cremation Service
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When making arrangements for your loved one with funeral homes in Bells, TN. you will need to decide on what services you would like to hold. While you might be certain about some options, such as the funeral service, other options, you may be a little more unsure about. One such service may be the viewing. 

While many people understand the importance of the funeral service, they may not be as aware of the benefits a viewing can provide for not only the grieving family, but for the guests as well. If you find yourself in this position, continue reading as we explain more about what a viewing is and why you might consider having one.  

What is a Viewing?

A viewing is a service that is held prior to the funeral. Typically it will take place the day or evening before. It is a more casual event where guests come and go at their leisure rather than attend at a specific time. The goal of the service is to allow guests a chance to support the family and offer their condolences 

The service can take place at the funeral home, the church, or even someone’s home. There are typically light snacks or refreshments served such as punch and cookies or crackers. The body of the deceased is present in the casket in the room. Typically the top half of the casket is open so that those who wish may approach the deceased and say their goodbyes or other final messages.  

You might hear this service being referred to as a “visitation” as these terms are often used interchangeably. However, with a visitation, the body of the deceased is not typically present.  

Why Hold a Viewing?

Viewings can hold a wide range of benefits to the grieving family as well as for the guests who attend. Some of these benefits include: 

 - Assisting with acceptance- When a loved one passes away, our brains may not truly register what has happened. While this can be a way for us to be able to better handle the situation, it is important we come to terms with the new reality. Viewings can provide a visual way to help in this.  

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 - Saying final goodbyes- Many times when someone passes, we have things we wished we had said to them. Viewings give us an opportunity to approach our loved one and tell them what we need to. Being able to say these final messages and goodbyes can provide great comfort. 

 - Feeling connected- Often in the grieving process, we can feel alone in our thoughts or feelings. Attending a viewing and being surrounded by others who are also grieving the loss can give us a sense of being connected and not so alone. This can go a long way in helping us to heal.

You can see that holding a viewing can provide many benefits to the family as well as the guests.  When making your loved one’s arrangements with funeral homes in Bells, TN., make sure to discuss a viewing with the funeral director and see if it’s right for you and your family. 

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