There are several terms when making arrangements with funeral homes in Springfield, OR. that you may not be very familiar with. The most common terms you will hear are wake, viewing, and visitation. To make matters even more confusing, these terms are often used interchangeably even though they have differences. This can make it difficult to know if you would like to hold any of these services or not.
To help make sense of these terms, we are going to explain each one in a little more detail so you can better decide which, if any, would be best for your loved one.
What is a Wake?
Traced back to Ireland, this tradition typically consists of guests staying overnight with the deceased. The purpose of this is to protect the body from evil and provide a time to be able to mourn. There is normally a priest present that will lead prayers throughout the night.
It was normally held in the home of the deceased, and while that can still take place, today these events are often held in funeral homes and other convenient locations.
What is a Viewing?
A viewing is an event that provides an opportunity for guests to say their final goodbyes to the deceased. That is because the body is present in a casket in the room. Those who wish may approach the casket and say any last words.
These events take place normally the day prior to the funeral. They are not as formal as the funeral so guests tend to still dress nice, but not as a form of attire as they will wear to the funeral service.
During the viewing, there may be light refreshments available such as cookies and punch. This event is a come-and-go type of service meaning guests arrive and leave as they wish anytime during the designated hours.
What is a Visitation?
A visitation is just like a viewing, in almost every way and that is why you will often hear these two terms often being used interchangeably However, there is one major difference and that is with visitation, the body of the deceased is not present.
Considerations When Selecting Services
If you need help deciding which service you would like to hold, consider a few things such as:
- Religious beliefs – Do you or your loved one hold any strong religious beliefs that would have you lean toward one service or another?
- Budget- If you are deciding between a visitation or a viewing and on a limited budget, visitation might be a better option since services to prepare the body for display would not have to be performed
- Family Preference – Is there one event that your family feels would help them heal more than another? For example, would they benefit more from being able to see the deceased for final goodbyes?
If you would like more information on services that are offered by funeral homes in Springfield, OR., or you are needing to make immediate arrangements, our directors are available to talk with you one-on-one and discuss your needs.