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Museum of Funeral Customs

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 service 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]

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. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:11:15 -0700

Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams, who died Tuesday in Atlanta at the age of 72. The viewing, funeral and burial for Williams will be held in Philadelphia, where he was born. A ...


Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:14:33 -0700

Prince George's county residents may join police and family members of Jacai Colson in mourning his death. Bowie, MD. By Deb Belt (Patch Staff) - March 23, 2016 4:10 pm ET. ShareTweetGoogle PlusRedditEmailComments0. Funeral for Slain Officer: Public ...
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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:33:45 -0700

An open viewing funeral, if desired, is still possible. WILL MY FAMILY BE CHARGED FOR THE DONATION? NO. All costs related to the donation within the KODA service area will be paid by KODA. Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in all states pay ...

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:18:45 -0700

WEST PALM BEACH — A seemingly endless line of Corey's Jones's friends and family wrapped around the aisle of Payne AME Chapel, spilling out into the entrance way and outside down the front steps Friday night. Some stood silently, some leaned on ...


Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:42:22 -0800

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:00:00 -0800

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former light heavyweight champion Bobby Foster lost his battle to cancer last month at the age of 76. A viewing will be held Tuesday from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm at Strong Thorne Mortuary in Albuquerque. Funeral services will be ...

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0700

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