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Viewing (museum display)
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In funeral services, a viewing (sometimes referred to as Calling Hours, Reviewal, Funeral Visitation or a Wake in the United States and Canada) is the time that the family and friends come to see the deceased after they have been prepared by a funeral home.[1] It is generally recommended that any body to be viewed be embalmed in order to create the best possible presentation of the deceased.[2] A viewing may take place at the funeral parlor, in a family home or at a church or chapel prior to the actual funeral service. Some cultures, such as the Māori of New Zealand, often take the body to the Marae or tribal community hall.

Viewing is sometimes combined with a celebration of the decedent's life called a wake although in some places the term wake is interchangeable with viewing. Many authorities consider the viewing important to the grieving process as it gives a chance to say goodbye on a personal level.[3] It also can make it easier to accept the reality of the death, which can often seem unreal especially in the industrial world where death is handled by professionals and the family may only know of a death through phone calls rather than experiencing it as it occurs.[4][dead link]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Handbook for Mortals : What happens at funeral viewing hours?". Mywhatever.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Nea.gov.sg. 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Access". Medscape. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  4. ^ "What is the Difference Between "Viewing" and "Visitation"?". Funerals.org. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 

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NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0700

A public viewing and service are being held Wednesday and Thursday for slain Hayward Sgt. Scott Lunger. Kris Sanchez reports. (Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015). A public viewing will be held on Wednesday for a Hayward police officer, shot down ...


The News Journal
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:37:10 -0700

A number of streets in Wilmington will be closed Friday through Saturday afternoon as public tributes to the late Beau Biden continue. A public viewing will be held Friday at St. Anthony of Padua from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday ...

NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC 10 Philadelphia
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:03:59 -0700

Funeral services will be held Monday for hit-and-run victim David Alicea Jr. who died from his injuries three days after after being struck by a car on Mascher Street. The toddler's mother, Josephine Rivera, who was also hit is still recovering in the ...


Mon, 18 May 2015 15:53:32 -0700

Trombone Shorty and Glen Andrews hug as family and friends second line into the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar to pay tribute Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill, who died in Japan Monday, May 4, 2015. Over a hundred walked through his neighborhood of Treme and ...


Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:20:12 -0700

SALT LAKE CITY -- Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter died Tuesday after suffering from complications of a stroke. He was 82. The family expresses their thanks to the people of Utah for their love and support throughout the years, according to a ...

The Grio

The Grio
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 11:58:51 -0700

Relatives of Nivina Cargill have filed a suit on Monday against a Columbus funeral home after they alleged that the funeral home misplaced her body and displayed the wrong body in the casket at Cargill's viewing. According to the lawsuit, the members ...

WFMY News 2

WFMY News 2
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Columbia, SC-- Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina State Senator who was killed during last week's shooting at a Charleston church, will lie in state inside the rotunda of the capitol building Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon, the South Carolina ...


Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:02:41 -0700

Viewing, funeral not yet set for fallen Philly police officer. Share0 Tweet0 Reddit0 Email0. Reprints & Permissions ». A viewing for Officer Robert Wilson III will take place Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Funeral Homein an attempted robbery ...

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