Most people will never feel completely comfortable when visiting funeral homes in Orlando, FL and that’s usually because death isn’t easy to deal with. However, when you feel led to go to a funeral home for a visitation, whether it’s for a family member, a co-worker, a friend, or an acquaintance, it’s good to know how to dress and act so you can fit in and be as comfortable as possible in such a situation. Here are some more details about visitations so you know what to do.
Visitations usually take place prior to a traditional funeral. They are a chance for family and friends to gather, view the deceased, mourn together, and say a final goodbye. It is a great way for some people to get closure while others feel uncomfortable about it. If you feel the need to attend a visitation, it might be to see the person who passed and get closure yourself or it might be to support the family members around that person. Either is a perfectly valid reason to attend and your presence will be appreciated.
Keep in mind that visitations are like open houses. There is a range of time, say 1-4, and you don’t have to be there for the entire time. In fact, most people other than direct family members, will keep their visits brief. They will drop by, view the deceased, speak with the family, perhaps visit quietly with a few others, and take their leave. You’re not expected to stay for the entire time, and you can come late, leave early, or both.
At a visitation, you never know how people will dress, but you’re always safe with business casual clothing. You don’t have to go over the top with your attire, but you don’t want to wear jeans and a t-shirt, either. Be respectful and wear something laid back that isn’t flashy and won’t draw attention to you.
It’s common for those in attendance to view the person lying in the casket, but it’s not a requirement. Perhaps you don’t know the person that well and you came to support the family or maybe you’re just uncomfortable with the idea overall. Either way, you don’t have to approach the casket if you don’t want to. Your presence at the visitation is enough and says a lot to the family members involved.
If you’d like to hear more about visitations before you attend one, the funeral homes in Orlando, FL can help answer your questions. If you’ve never been to a visitation before, it can be daunting and it’s best to know what to expect. Contact the professionals at Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory. You can visit with us at 1233 Saxon Blvd, Orange City, FL and we can go over visitation specifics and what’s common to occur. You can also call for information and we’re happy to help you however we can over the phone. Reach us at (386) 775-2101. Even if you aren’t setting up services, we’re here for you.