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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]

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

*If you've been wondering about the who, what, when and where pertaining to the viewing and funeral of Nick Caldwell (The Whispers), we've got the information you're looking for. According to LA based communications specialists Ron Brewington and Pat ...

Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach Post
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 ...

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KRQE News 13
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:22:53 -0800

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 ...

The News Journal

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 ...

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:55:20 -0800

The mother of the Del Oro football player who died in a car accident last week said Wednesday she was grateful for the support from the community. Fatima Galindo's son, Ronny Andrews, 18, died Jan. 16 when his car lost control and struck a tree while ...
Times Herald-Record
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:26:15 -0800

BLUMEL ROAD will subject to closure from SILVER LAKE SCOTCHTOWN ROAD TO GENE DRIVE from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; BLUMEL ROAD will be CLOSED from SILVER LAKE SCOTCHTOWN ROAD TO GENE DRIVE, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30.

NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:05:43 -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 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 ...

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