Many people find it helpful to spend time with the person who has died. This special time is an opportunity to say goodbye. We have a selection of viewing rooms for families who wish to visit. This time together can assist in the grieving process as it allows people to begin to accept the reality of the death. It can be a time to place mementos such as cards, letters, small gifts, photos, flowers and other significant objects in the casket.
Some families choose to take the casket home or to another venue; this enables them to spend some days with the person who has died. We are happy to make arrangements that will fit with your wishes and at a time suitable to all family members.
Children benefit from being included in the preparations for a funeral. Visiting, seeing and touching someone they love can be a positive experience as it allows them to say goodbye and helps them to accept the reality and finality of death. Historically children were not involved in the funeral process.
Today most experts would agree that children should have the same opportunity to view the person who has died and to attend the funeral if they so wish. We encourage visiting at Paterson’s between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You are welcome to visit outside these hours by organising a convenient time with your funeral director.