When someone dies, one of the most difficult things that family and friends have to go through is the funeral. It’s also very important that their loved ones make sure that they give them the proper funeral services. One of the most important decisions, however, is whether or not to have an open-casket funeral. There are many benefits of an open casket as opposed to a closed one e.g. last wishes, family respect, helps with closure, and the body remains preserved.
Benefits of open casket vs. closed casket
1) Last Wishes are granted
The last thing anyone ever wants to think about is death. However, when someone dies it is important to honor their last wishes. If the deceased had any special requests regarding the funeral services then this will be honored through an open or closed casket service. For example, if the deceased person had a favorite tie or piece of jewelry that they always wore and wished to have it on during their funeral, you can have this placed on them in the open casket so that they look just as they did before.
2) Family Respect
When someone dies, their family and friends are left with a lot of pain. In many cultures, open-caskets are a sign of respect for the deceased and their family members. This is why families opt for this type of setup at funerals. An open casket funeral is a great way for friends and family to come together and say goodbye to the deceased in a way that they feel is right. It also gives them a chance to honor the deceased in a special way. For example, if there was a special hobby of theirs or love of an activity such as golfing or fishing, you could have this displayed for everyone to see along with pictures from happier times.
3) An Open Casket Helps with Closure
For some people, it is very important to see the body of their loved ones after they die. This closure allows them to start the grieving process and say goodbye in their own way and start the healing process. Open casket funerals provide this opportunity for many people. Seeing the body of a loved one after they die can be comforting for some people. It helps them understand that their loved one has really passed away and is not just sick or on vacation somewhere. For some people, the grieving process is helped by viewing the body of their loved ones.
Additionally, when family and are able to see the body, it makes it easier for everyone to come together and feel comfortable enough with their loss so they can grieve with one another rather than feeling isolated and alone due to having no closure. This can also help people who are trying to cope accept their loss better because they don’t have any doubts or fears that what they’re seeing isn’t really their loved one. This is especially true if they didn’t have a chance to say goodbye before they passed on.
4) The Body Remains Preserved
Open caskets from Titan Casket will preserve the body and keep it from decaying or decomposing by inhibiting the air from reaching the body. Closed caskets will not stop the body from decaying. This helps with the grieving process because people don’t have to see their loved one’s bodies deteriorating.
When attending an open casket funeral, there are a few things to keep in mind.
*Don’t kiss or touch the body – This is probably one of the most important things to remember. It’s natural to want to show your affection for the deceased, but it’s best to avoid any physical contact. Some open caskets come with protective glass to avoid this from happening.
*Don’t take pictures or videos – Unless you have permission from the family, refrain from taking pictures or videos of the body. It might be tempting to capture this moment, but it’s usually better to leave these moments private.
*Don’t talk about the deceased person – You might want to share your memories or thoughts with others, but this is not the time. The family will be grieving, and you don’t want to make things worse for them. Wait until after the funeral to express your emotions.
There are many benefits to both open and closed casket funerals. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each type of funeral before deciding what would be best for your loved one.