Experience has taught us that viewing a loved person can have great benefits for grieving relatives. Often we find it difficult to believe that somene has died and seeing it for ourselves helps us to accept the reality, so necessary before we can begin to move forward with the changes a death can mean.
Seeing a persons body in an appropriate and attractive well prepared environment can leave us with a sense of peace and dignity, which can be very important.
If the death has involved sickness, pain and struggle, if it has been violent or accidental then this sense of peace, and even beauty can help us to appreciate and celebrate the persons life more easily.
When we have not been present when death occured, especially if it was an unexpected death, we may be tormented by thoughts of that time and seeing the person can help move our thoughts past that painful thinking.
Family members who visit or view have an opportunity to share and comfort one another, to say a personal goodbye, to place personal items in the coffin and to prepare for the more public funeral.