Quick Answer: What Do You Do At A Viewing?

How long should you stay at a viewing?

There is no requirement for how long you should stay at a visitation.

The length of your visit depends more on how well you know the family and how long it takes to offer your condolences and speak to other visitors.

Many people stay a short time, about 15 minutes, which can be long enough to extend your sympathies..

Do you bring anything to a viewing?

The most important thing is to honor the wishes of the family. It’s best not to bring flowers, plants, or donations with you to the funeral. Send them in advance. After all, the family doesn’t need another thing to handle on such an emotional day.

What are you supposed to wear to a viewing?

We recommend wearing dark or neutral colors, to avoid standing out in the crowd. Darker colors reflect the mourning atmosphere of the service or visitation. Men will generally wear suits or dress pants, dress shirts and jackets along with a subtle tie. Women typically wear pants, skirts and blouses, dresses or suits.

What do you say at a viewing?

Examples of What to SayI am so sorry. Your uncle was loved by many.He was a wonderful man and a talented musician.Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.I have such fond memories of your aunt. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.When you’re ready to talk, please feel free to call me.

Is it better to go to viewing or funeral?

When You Should Attend Just the Wake or Just the Funeral. Someone wise once said that you should attend the wake if you would like to show support to the survivors. You should attend the funeral if you need to grieve yourself. If you find yourself in both camps, attend both the wake and the funeral.

How long should you wear black after a death?

This is also done 40 days after the funeral (representing Jesus ascending to heaven), and one year later to conclude the mourning period. Mourners wear only black until the 40 day mark and typically do not dance or celebrate any major events for one year.

Can I wear black jeans to a funeral?

The most common answer is that jeans aren’t considered appropriate funeral etiquette unless requested by the family. However, dark, unembellished jeans paired with a shirt, tie, and blazer for men or a blouse and a blazer for women can be appropriate for a casual service.

Do u have to wear black to a viewing?

A memorial service and a funeral are both ceremonies to honor the dead and comfort the living. Wearing black or dark colors is considered polite in both cases. Americans no longer wear black armbands. Because many people do not have black outfits, any dark color is acceptable.

Is it OK to go to viewing and not funeral?

The short answer is, yes. It’s usually just fine to attend both the wake and the funeral. Especially if the person who dies was someone you knew very well. In fact, most people would consider it the respectable thing to do.

Who should attend a viewing?

Who Should Attend the Visitation. Most of the time, a funeral visitation is open to anyone who knew the deceased or has a connection to someone in the family. However, the family might decide to make it only open to family and close friends. Honor this request and don’t take it personally if you are not invited.

Is it disrespectful to not attend a wake?

In a sense, it’s never a “must”. There’s no law saying a person must attend a wake or funeral. But there are circumstances where not attending would be shocking, or at least disrespectful. I would say these occasions would be when the deceased is a member of one’s nuclear family or family of origin.

How long is the mourning period?

The cremation of the deceased marks the beginning of the mourning period, which lasts for 13 days. During this time, the family will stay at home and receive visitors, though mourning rituals may differ depending on the community.