Having your deceased family member laid out in an open casket versus one that is closed is a significant decision that you and your family members will need to think about as you plan the elements of the upcoming funeral. While there's no right or wrong way to proceed, there are several factors that can move you toward choosing one approach over the other. The sensitive nature of this topic means that it's ideal if your family members can reach a consensus over how to proceed, so listen to each person's thoughts on the matter and evaluate the following topics.
How The Person Looked
There's no getting around the fact that you'll need to discuss how the person looked at the time of his or her death. This is an important factor that can shift you toward an open casket or a closed casket. Although funeral directors and their staff can work wonders to give a deceased body as good an appearance as possible, there's a chance that the person hardly looked like himself or herself prior to death. For example, if the person suffered from cancer and lost 100 pounds by the time he or she died, an open casket could upset funeral attendees. Similarly, someone in a catastrophic fatal accident could have injuries that make a closed casket a better choice.
How The Family's Children Might Feel
Be sensitive to the feelings of the children in your family. If your family is large and has many young children, for example, you should seriously consider what effect an open casket might have. Children will want to have a memory of a deceased grandparent in a certain way, and seeing his or her dead body can be highly upsetting to those who are young. In such a scenario, you may opt for a closed casket. Alternatively, if there are no young children in the family, an open casket might be suitable.
Sense Of Closure
Many people favor an open casket because it can provide closure — in other words, it gives you a chance to see someone you cared about for the last time. If everyone in your family had a chance to visit the deceased person as he or she was dying, you may be content with a closed casket. However, if the death was sudden and some family members feel as though they're lacking closure, an open casket may be better for those in attendance.
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