Visiting the deceased
There is no right or wrong way to handle grief, and it is entirely up to you as to whether you decide to visit the deceased. This is a decision that is not your’s alone to make, however Bennetts Funeral Directors of Essex are always very happy to talk it over with you, and would add that we have seen many people take real comfort from seeing their loved one at rest for a final time, and sharing some final moments together.
Many experts believe that visiting their loved one can be a helpful element of the grieving process, and in many cultures throughout the world it is a normal part of saying goodbye to those we love.
We do understand that not everyone will want to see their loved one once they have passed away and this is also perfectly natural.
Our Chapel of Rest
If you are planning and arranging a funeral and decide that you would like to visit the deceased, we provide private remembrance rooms at our funeral homes. They are usually decorated in pleasant pastel colours, and have a calm and tranquil atmosphere.
You can personalise the remembrance room with photographs, or perhaps a selection of possessions or keepsakes that remind you of their favourite hobbies or pastimes and you are welcome to spend as much time with your loved one as you would like. We will help to make your visit personal, however you choose to find a way to say goodbye.
If visiting the deceased is right for you, when you visit the chapel of rest, you are more than welcome to bring photographs, letters, cards or flowers to place in the coffin.
Bennetts Funeral Directors of Essex, offer chapels of rest which are tastefully decorated and some have an area where photographs and memorials may be placed.
Some people prefer to have their loved one at home – if you share this preference Bennetts can arrange this for you – we’re here to help you with all aspects of arranging a funeral.
Please feel free to call us and talk further about visiting the deceased on 01277 210104. When arranging a funeral, we are here to help and support you through this difficult time.