Obituaries

Maria Marcu
B: 1935-09-02
D: 2017-06-23
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Marcu, Maria
Agatha (Margaret) Stuffles
B: 1946-11-13
D: 2017-06-21
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Stuffles, Agatha (Margaret)
Eino Mattonen
B: 1956-11-25
D: 2017-06-21
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Mattonen, Eino
Jeanne Gatti
B: 1927-09-22
D: 2017-06-18
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Gatti, Jeanne
Ronald Cargoe
B: 1960-01-18
D: 2017-06-16
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Cargoe, Ronald
Ivor Frowen
B: 1935-02-10
D: 2017-06-15
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Frowen, Ivor
Jennifer Wilson
B: 1989-08-07
D: 2017-06-14
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Wilson, Jennifer
Joseph Housam
B: 1987-02-19
D: 2017-06-10
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Housam, Joseph
Louis Dill
B: 1931-12-23
D: 2017-06-09
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Dill, Louis
Donna White
B: 1930-06-20
D: 2017-06-09
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White, Donna
Jill Seward
B: 1953-12-13
D: 2017-06-05
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Seward, Jill
Elsie Evans
B: 1927-11-19
D: 2017-06-05
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Evans, Elsie
Peter Newbigging
B: 1939-10-18
D: 2017-06-05
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Newbigging, Peter
Jane Davies
B: 1939-03-25
D: 2017-06-05
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Davies, Jane
Elizabeth Roberts
B: 1924-10-13
D: 2017-06-03
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Roberts, Elizabeth
Ray Miller
B: 1943-07-27
D: 2017-06-03
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Miller, Ray
Ron Eldridge
B: 1949-04-21
D: 2017-06-02
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Eldridge, Ron
Lewis Rootham
B: 1924-12-02
D: 2017-06-02
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Rootham, Lewis
Brian Sperry
B: 1938-09-04
D: 2017-06-02
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Sperry, Brian
John Phillips
B: 1940-06-05
D: 2017-05-29
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Phillips, John
William Mills
B: 1931-02-17
D: 2017-05-27
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Mills, William

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Visitation

A viewing means to have an open casket.

A visitation is when the body is laid out in the casket (which may be open or closed) before the service so that mourners may come to "visit."

A visitation offers a chance for people to "pay their final respects" to the deceased.

Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.

You can schedule a visitation for as little as half an hour on the day of the service, or it can last for several days before the service.

The visitation can be restricted to just close friends and family, or be open to the public. You can even have a combination of private and public hours.

Is there a special ceremony?

As part of the visitation, you can arrange a formal ceremony, an informal ceremony, or none at all. The formal ceremony might be a brief service with the saying of the rosary (for Catholics) or prayers for the dead led by a mourner or member of the clergy.

The term wake is sometimes used to describe the reception after the funeral or memorial service.

Traditionally, though, a wake means the friends and family keeping watch by the body before it is safely buried