Cremation Services Can Include Visitations

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, April 8, 2019

If you attend a traditional funeral, you know a visitation is usually part of it. But what about North Las Vegas, NV cremation services? Aren’t they usually just memorial services after cremation takes place? While they can be, they could also include a visitation before the cremation portion of the service happens. If you want to know more about what the visitation will be like, keep reading for more details. 

What Are Visitations Before Cremation? 

Some families choose direct cremation for their loved one, which means they are cremated soon after their death (once the paperwork is in order) without any services beforehand. Other families might have cremation done, but put it off until a little later. They can have a visitation and even a full funeral before cremation, if they so choose. The visitation before cremation is just like any other visitation. Family members and friends meet with those most affected through a receiving line and view the deceased’s body in a casket. The casket is usually rented, since it won’t be used for burial. 

Should You Attend The Visitation? 

Anyone who knew the person who passed away or the family members impacted by the passing are invited to visitations. Some families request that the visitation be private and limited to just close family and friends, but others are open to the public. If you are connected to the person who passed on or the family members, you can go to a public visitation to show your support and sympathy to the family. It is often a better time to speak with the family than at a memorial service or funeral where they will be more distracted with their grief. 

Where Are Visitations Held? 

Visitations before cremation are held in similar locations as those that go along with traditional burials. It is the easiest to hold them in the funeral home where the cremation will take place so the loved one doesn’t have to move to a new location. However, they can also be held in a church or another spot. 

Is The Casket Always Open? 

Not always. Fewer families are having open caskets now than in past years, but it’s still appropriate and common to have an open casket. Some individuals like to see their loved one for one last time and get closure from seeing them after their death. If you aren’t comfortable with an open casket, you can greet the grieving family and then speak with others rather than approach the casket. 

If you want more information on what visitations will be like, contact the experts at Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services. If someone you know is going through cremation services in North Las Vegas, NV with a visitation and perhaps a full funeral before the cremation process takes place, you might want to learn more about it. Give us a call at (702) 485-6500 or visit with our funeral director at 3975 S Durango Dr Ste 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147 for information and details on what you can expect. 

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