If you have decided on a viewing or visitation there are various places and times this can be done. The choice is yours, each with its own restrictions and requirements. The more common options are listed for your review. However we can accommodate your special requests.
If you choose a private invitation only viewing, this is best done at our funeral home. The afternoon or evening before the funeral is the usual choice. This allows private time to be spent to say personal goodbyes. The major advantage with this method is that there are no time constrains. Your personal arranger will meet and look after you during this special time.
Certain religions require a vigil to be held the night before the funeral. At this time the viewing will be held and specific prayers recited according to the specific funeral rite. This may be a private or public event and should be discussed with your clergy. Also the church will offer a suitable venue if a large number of people are attending.
Some family and friends may only be arriving the day of the funeral service. In these situations a viewing can arranged immediately prior to the service. It is also now common that people other than immediate family and close friends may want to pay their personal respects, a viewing prior to the service is a convenient way of achieving this. There are however two potential drawbacks with viewing at this time, it may not be as private as you may like and strict time limits may be required particularly if the funeral is being held at the crematorium.
Professional embalming is not meant to be the mysterious process often seen in the media. Today, the methods used to prepare the dead for viewing and funeral ceremonies are far more scientic from those used in ancient times.
Embalming is a three-fold process:
Preservation itself can be adjusted to include longer periods of time, as needed.
Professional embalming restores the deceased to an acceptable appearance. In effect, embalming creates a "Memory Picture" that will be carried with the bereaved for time and eternity. The goal of restoration is not so much making the deceased to look "lifelike", but rather to try to remove the devastation caused by many long-term diseases and illnesses. Other purposes include restoration from trauma, chemotherapeutic drugs and the removal of visible postmortem changes that may have begun to appear.
The theory that "germs die upon death" is false. It is proved that a dead human body does indeed harbour disease-causing micro-organisms that can be a public health hazard. Micro-organisms found naturally in the human body begin to escalate in number after death. Professional embalming alleviates these hazards due to the sanitising components of the embalming solutions, thereby allowing the bereaved to view the deceased in a safe and sanitary environment.
Professional embalming ensures the preservation of the deceased so that the funeral need not take place immediately.
This allows adequate time for people to arrive from distant locations, allows the bereaved to come to terms with the death, allows more time for the arrangement and planning of the funeral, and allows adequate time for the bereaved to say their "goodbyes". Preservation also allows the deceased to be transported to a distant point wihout arriving in a decomposed and unsanitary state.
Professional embalming involves the replacement of bodily fluids with a sanitising and preserving solution. This solution is distributed through the circulatory system of the body.
The diffusion of this solution throughout the body tissues retards deterioration and restores a natural appearance. After embalming, the deceased is washed and dressed, the hair is styled, and cosmetics are applied, if requested.