A viewing can assist in the grieving process as it allows people to begin to accept the reality of the death of the person. It can be a time to place mementos such as cards, letters, small gifts, photos, flowers and other significant objects in the casket with the person.
Some families choose to view their loved one a couple of days before the service while some only want to view their loved one a couple of minutes before.
Children benefit from being included in the preparations for a funeral. Viewing the person who has died can be a positive experience as it allows them to say goodbye and helps them to accept the reality and finality of death.
Today most experts would agree that children should have the same opportunity to view the deceased person and to attend the funeral if they so wish.