Viewing Service and the Benefits It Can Provide

By: Powers Funeral Home
Monday, July 25, 2022

Many families may choose cremation services in Elgin, SC. because of the simplicity of the process. Since there are cremation options, such as direct cremation, that do not require the body to be embalmed or prepared, the overall cost and timeline is less than that of other options.

However, some families may choose to have other services included with the cremation such as holding a viewing. Although this can raise the overall cost, there are many benefits to holding a service such as this.  To decide if a viewing is right for you and your family, let’s explore what a viewing is as well as its benefits.

What is a Viewing?

A viewing is an event that is held prior to the cremation. It is typically the day or evening before the other services and can be held at the funeral home, a church, or even someone’s home.

This event does not follow a structure or program like a memorial service or funeral. Instead, this is a casual event where guests come and go as they please. The purpose of this event is to let the community come together, visit, and support one another.

It is also a time for guests to be able to say their final good-byes to the deceased as the body will be present in the room. Because of this, the body of the deceased will need to have services performed such as embalming and hair and make up completed.

Benefits of a Viewing

Viewings can offer many benefits that can help the grieving family as well as the guests begin to heal. Some of these benefits are:

  • Helps make it a reality - Often times when some passes away, it may seem like a dream or that it is simply not true. While this can be a way that our brain is helping us handle this situation, it’s important to come to terms with the new reality. For many, it can be extremely helpful to visually see the deceased. Although painful, it helps in accepting the new reality and start the healing process.
  • Activates support network - Being surrounded by love and those going through the same thing as you can help when experiencing a loss such as this. By holding a viewing, you are activating your support network to help in this difficult time.
  • Allows final good-byes - Many times when someone passes away we may have regrets of things we wish we could have said (or things we wished we hadn’t said). Holding a viewing with the body present provides family and guests to approach their loved one and say any last things they need to.

Final Thoughts

Cremation services in Elgin, SC. can offer a lot of flexibility for families. For example, those families who wish to keep things more simple can do so with a direct cremation, while families who wish to add services such as a viewing can also do so.  To learn more about the services available and how we can help your family, give us a call today and talk with our professional and caring staff about your needs. 

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