Obituaries

Susan Vail
B: 1962-08-27
D: 2018-04-23
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Vail, Susan
Theresa Collins
B: 1945-08-09
D: 2018-04-22
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Collins, Theresa
Willard Hembruff
B: 1929-11-08
D: 2018-04-21
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Hembruff, Willard
Edna Dunphy
B: 1930-09-06
D: 2018-04-21
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Dunphy, Edna
Helga Preuten
B: 1930-04-16
D: 2018-04-20
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Preuten, Helga
Carl Micks
B: 1924-01-09
D: 2018-04-20
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Micks, Carl
George Walker
B: 1940-12-05
D: 2018-04-18
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Walker, George
Frederick Ede
B: 1937-01-09
D: 2018-04-17
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Ede, Frederick
James Nuttall
B: 1934-07-18
D: 2018-04-16
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Nuttall, James
Jacqueline Bayley
B: 1942-10-26
D: 2018-04-15
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Bayley, Jacqueline
Leslie Lavery
B: 1946-11-21
D: 2018-04-13
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Lavery, Leslie
Donna Andrews
B: 1934-09-03
D: 2018-04-12
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Andrews, Donna
Eileen Lloyd
B: 1922-12-02
D: 2018-04-10
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Lloyd, Eileen
Randall Gwyn
B: 1951-04-30
D: 2018-04-08
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Gwyn, Randall
Joan Kinniburgh
B: 1942-01-27
D: 2018-04-08
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Kinniburgh, Joan
Allan Moore
B: 1926-08-29
D: 2018-04-06
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Moore, Allan
Beulah McFadden
B: 1922-11-19
D: 2018-04-04
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McFadden, Beulah
Reginald Harrison
B: 1925-06-29
D: 2018-04-03
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Harrison, Reginald
Reinder Klein
B: 1956-05-12
D: 2018-04-02
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Klein, Reinder
Angelica McIntyre
B: 1962-08-15
D: 2018-03-30
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McIntyre, Angelica
Anna Lutz
B: 1948-12-22
D: 2018-03-28
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Lutz, Anna

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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