Obituaries

Gillian Baigent
B: 1944-02-06
D: 2017-11-14
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Baigent, Gillian
Barbara Ann 'Elaine' Ito
B: 1944-09-06
D: 2017-11-05
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Ito, Barbara Ann 'Elaine'
Rudiger (Rudy) Dornhoff
B: 1951-07-28
D: 2017-11-09
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Dornhoff, Rudiger (Rudy)
Kenneth Mason
B: 1947-05-15
D: 2017-11-14
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Mason, Kenneth
Josephine Gordon
B: 1926-04-08
D: 2017-11-11
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Gordon, Josephine
Audrey Lundy
B: 1932-10-22
D: 2017-11-08
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Lundy, Audrey
Royena Campbell
B: 1927-03-06
D: 2017-11-07
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Campbell, Royena
Ann Bradbury
B: 1932-08-28
D: 2017-11-08
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Bradbury, Ann
Nathalie Guest
B: 1967-11-23
D: 2017-11-07
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Guest, Nathalie
Marjorie Matwijiw
B: 1933-07-18
D: 2017-11-06
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Matwijiw, Marjorie
Robert Barton
B: 1961-08-08
D: 2017-11-04
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Barton, Robert
Glenn Fraser
B: 1948-07-10
D: 2017-11-03
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Fraser, Glenn
Joan Illingworth
B: 1930-03-26
D: 2017-11-06
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Illingworth, Joan
Doris Bradley
B: 1932-09-18
D: 2017-11-02
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Bradley, Doris
John Ferrier
B: 1935-05-24
D: 2017-11-03
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Ferrier, John
Douglas Robinson
B: 1951-03-25
D: 2017-10-30
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Robinson, Douglas
Keith Brown
B: 1930-09-12
D: 2017-10-19
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Brown, Keith
Stanley (Bud) Chapman
B: 1933-01-01
D: 2017-11-02
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Chapman, Stanley (Bud)
Rosetta Burgess
B: 1922-10-13
D: 2017-10-17
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Burgess, Rosetta
Hannelore Safari
B: 1926-10-01
D: 2017-11-03
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Safari, Hannelore
Lois Speers
B: 1926-05-27
D: 2017-10-30
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Speers, Lois

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Visitation

A viewing means to have an open casket.

A visitation is when the body is laid out in the casket (which may be open or closed) before the service so that mourners may come to visit.

A visitation offers a chance for people to pay their final respects to the deceased. Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.

You can schedule a visitation for as little as an hour on the day of the service, or it can last for several days before the service.

The visitation can be restricted to just close friends and family, or be open to the public. You can even have a combination of private and public hours.

Is there a special ceremony?

As part of the visitation, you can arrange a formal ceremony, an informal ceremony, or none at all. The formal ceremony might be a brief service with the saying of the rosary (for Catholics) or prayers for the dead led by a mourner or member of the clergy.

For those who are comfortable with it, an informal storytelling session can be a wonderful way to remember the person.

The stories don't all have to be solemn. Remember, too, that laughter is as much a sign of strong emotion as tears or anger, and if the person had a good sense of humour, there are bound to be some funny stories.

This sharing can be a rich and powerful experience. You might even want to record this event to play it again later.