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Spending Time With Your Loved One

Should we see the body?

Many clients who were hesitant at first, later say how much they were helped in the grieving process by spending some time with the deceased before the funeral.

It’s important to be able to say goodbye to your loved one and to be able to fully accept the finality of death. To some it is an opportunity to leave small mementos – gifts, cards, letters or any other significant objects of meaning with the deceased.

Fountains Funerals & Monuments offer private and comfortable viewing facilities for you and your family to say goodbye, or if you prefer we can arrange for the casket to be taken to your home in the days prior to the funeral service.


Dealing with the death of someone close is difficult at any age. Children and teenagers grieve too, although they may express it differently.

Whether they attend the funeral is up to the family. However, in general, children do benefit from being involved, even in some small way, because it helps them to feel they are sharing their grief and honouring the person who has died. Children often like to draw a picture or write a letter or poem to put in the casket.

Just being there can help them understand, even if it takes time for them to deal with what has happened and what it means.

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