If you have recently lost a loved one and have found yourself in the position of needing to plan their funeral, you will have a lot of decisions to make. One important decision will be how many days you plan to have a viewing. There are a lot of people that will have two, even three, days of viewings. While there is not anything technically wrong with having multiple days of viewings, you might want to consider the option of only having one viewing day. To help you understand why that would be, you will want to review the following points.
The viewing is not something that is automatically included in a standard fee, and it is not a free service that the funeral home provides. They have to reserve the viewing room for you, bring your loved one out to the room, and prepare the area for you and your loved ones. This is a service that the funeral home provides, and it is something that they charge for. Therefore, instead of spending a lot of extra money to have extra viewings, just have one. If you are worried about friends and family that have to fly in for the funeral not making it in time for the one viewing, simply push out the date by a few days. This should give everyone an appropriate amount of time to make all the needed arrangements.
A lot of people that find themselves in charge of planning a funeral are not able to really get comfortable enough to even begin their grieving process until everything is said and done. This might be because they feel that they have so much responsibility on their plate that addressing their feelings is something that can be held off until later. If this is something that you have found yourself feeling, then you might want to stick with the one day of viewing. After the viewing is complete, the cremation or burial will take place, and then you will finally be able to sit back and just really feel whatever emotions you are feeling.
If you have decided that only having the viewing one day is something that would work the best in the situation that you are dealing with, you will want to contact the funeral home director and let him or her know that this is part of your plans. Talk about this and other aspects of the funeral service with the funeral director.