The passing of a loved one is one of the most difficult things a person will go through; not to mention the additional stress of planning the memorial itself. Implementing plans for a funeral can be stressful and overwhelming, but with the help of a knowledgeable funeral home, you can piece together the elements for a day that honors the departed with dignity.
Many families choose to participate in a pre-funeral ceremony in order to give the family the time they need to properly memorialize the one they lost while allowing more time for the family to grieve together. In Muskogee and Wagoner, Oklahoma, the people there look to Shipman Funeral Homes and Crematory to help decide which type of pre-funeral gathering will be the best option for their family and friends and the particular wishes of the deceased. With decades of experience, you can trust you’ll never feel alone in planning such a taxing event. The entire team will be with you each step of the way to personalize the ceremony from start to finish.
If you’ve been asked to put together funeral plans for a loved one and are unsure of your pre-funeral service options, consider the following:
- Wake or Viewing: Often used interchangeably, a wake or viewing is a memorial that entails a more social gathering of friends and family near the body of the deceased. A reputable funeral home will walk you through your options in order to help you decide what type of viewing or wake is best. You’ll talk through whether an open or closed casket is more appropriate for the event as well as whether you’d like the wake to take place immediately before the funeral itself, or up to a few days before. These events will usually take place at the funeral home or a social hall in the family’s preferred place of worship. A wake is a very personal experience, so many families choose to host one right before the funeral to be able to include as many guests and family members as possible.
- Visitation: A visitation differs from a wake or viewing in a number of ways, the first being that it doesn’t necessarily need to happen before the funeral. Some families who opt for a visitation ceremony choose to host it after the fact, giving guests some time to collect themselves and find some peace before saying their goodbyes. During a visitation, the body is either in a closed casket or not present at all. Rather, the idea behind a visitation is for the family to find time to grieve in unity. Such an event can also take place in the funeral home or worship hall, but since the body is not always present, many families prefer to have the visitation comfortably at home.
Deciding whether a wake or visitation is better for your family is a very personal decision, and can be incredibly difficult to make. Residents in Muskogee and Wagoner, OK, look to the professional help of Shipman Funeral Homes and Crematory to implement the perfect pre- or post-funeral ceremony. Visit them online or give them a call at (918) 485-9525.