February 26, 2020 by Rhonda King Values of Open Casket Viewing Weighty question for some. “Do we open the casket? Mom never wanted to be looked down on…” But having an open casket provides the family and friends with a confirmation that death has in fact, occurred. Reality for many, is seeing. Seeing is believing. Without viewing it can be difficult for the family and friends to persuade their own mind that their loved one or close friend is gone. In turn, denial can cause a person to continually expect their deceased loved one to someday just walked through the door. Also, viewing the body is a very special time. It is intimate and allows the family and friends to begin the transition into their new life. That new life is continuing to live onward without the presence of their loved ones. Often this provides comfort in a time, for everyone to say goodbye to the deceased in their own personal way. Viewing provides a means of social support, regardless of the method chosen for final disposition of the body.A public visitation can be of great help to family and friends in dealing with the grief. The process: viewing of the body should always be considered before final disposition. The open casket viewing is the most personalized part of any funeral ritual or ceremony. Not having the body present at a funeral ceremony or ritual is like having a wedding ceremony without the bride or groom being present. Everyone has preferences, but it is good to consider the pro’s of this practice, as you only have one change to say a final goodbye.