Harlingen, TX funeral homes hold viewings all the time. Viewings are typically held one or two days before a person’s funeral in order to allow for family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others associated with the person to come and pay their respects. They’re a very important part of the grieving process for many families.
But if you’ve never been to a viewing, it can be a little bit overwhelming to show up at one for the first time. You might not know when to arrive, where to go, what to say, or even when to leave. So before you show up at a viewing, you should prepare yourself for it. Here are some things to keep in mind.
You don’t have to show up right when a viewing starts or stay until the end.
Viewings usually stretch over the course of about two to three hours, depending on how many people are expected to come. But you don’t have to stay for that entire time. You also don’t have to feel obligated to show up right when it starts. You probably don’t want to wait until the very end to show up, but you can come anytime between the scheduled start and end time without having to worry about what time you arrive too much. You’re also free to leave at any point during the night.
You should come dressed appropriately for the occasion.
More often than not, people will dress the same way for viewings as they would for funeral services in Harlingen, TX. Men should wear either a dark-colored suit or a dress shirt and dress pants, while women should wear either a modest dark-colored dress or a dark-colored pantsuit. You don’t want to show up for a viewing in jeans and a T-shirt in most cases because you’ll look very out of place.
You will likely have to wait in line to see the deceased.
There is often a line at a viewing with people waiting to walk up to a person’s casket to say a prayer for them. After arriving at a viewing, you should look for this line and get into it. There will be time for some light socializing once you’re finished. But you should resist the urge to get caught up in conversations with others until you’ve had a chance to do what you came to do.
You should share your condolences with the deceased person’s family before leaving.
After you say a prayer for the deceased, you’ll usually be greeted by the person’s family standing off to the side. They’ll often thank you for coming and tell you how much they appreciate it. If you sense they might not know who you are, introduce yourself and share your condolences with them. It’ll go a long way towards helping them heal over time.
Are you interested in planning a viewing for your loved one in light of their recent death? Regardless of whether they’re being buried or you’ve chosen to use cremation in Harlingen, TX, you can still hold a viewing, and McCaleb Funeral Home can host it for you. Call us at (956) 968-7533 to start planning the viewing or meet with a funeral director to discuss it at 900 W 4th St., Weslaco, TX 78596.