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The Significance of Planning for an Open Casket Funeral

An open casket funeral offers a profoundly personal moment for family and friends to say their final goodbyes to a loved one. It serves as a tangible farewell, providing comfort to those grieving by allowing them one last opportunity to see their loved one before burial or cremation.

At Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, discussing the possibility of an open casket is among the initial steps when arranging a funeral, thus underscoring the importance of this decision in the planning process.

Open Casket Funeral Considerations

The decision to have an open casket involves several key considerations and each plays a crucial role in ensuring the deceased is remembered as they were in life. One critical aspect is the use of recent photographs of the deceased.

These photos are an essential guide for cosmetologists, enabling them to recreate the individual’s everyday appearance accurately. Achieving a natural look is paramount; hence, cosmetologists often utilize their makeup kits, supplemented by specific items provided by the family, such as lipstick or eye makeup.

Embalming and makeup are delicate processes aimed at presenting the deceased in the most natural and familiar way possible. However, the embalming process can sometimes alter the skin’s appearance, making reference photos invaluable. A natural-looking base makeup is applied to ensure the body does not appear washed out, with special attention given to the face and hands.

Timing is Crucial

Timing is another critical factor in planning for an open casket. The period between the death and the funeral service, coupled with the embalming process, can affect the skin’s appearance, sometimes causing an unnatural yellow tone.

In such instances, a thicker base coat of makeup can mitigate this effect. However, there are situations where a closed casket may be recommended to prevent distress among mourners and avoid leaving a painful last memory.

Interestingly, the preparation of the body with makeup and hairstyling is standard, even when an open casket viewing is initially not desired. This allows family members the option to reconsider an open casket if the deceased appears more natural and peaceful than anticipated.

Online funeral arrangements have simplified the decision-making process for families considering an open casket. Providing the funeral home with reference photos, attire preferences, and specific requests for hairstyle and makeup in advance can significantly alleviate the stress associated with making these decisions while grieving.

Personalization Helps Comfort Mourners

Personalization plays a significant role in open casket funerals, allowing families to reflect the unique life and passions of their loved one. From incorporating elements that highlight a person’s hobbies, such as hunting or fishing gear, to honoring a veteran’s service with their medals, these personal touches ensure the open casket is a source of comfort for mourners.

The choice of attire for the deceased is also guided by personal preference and the individual’s lifestyle, demonstrating that traditional suits and dresses are not obligatory. The inclusion of personal items, such as jewelry, is another aspect families consider, often deciding whether these items should accompany their loved one in burial or be kept as cherished mementos.

Planning for an open casket funeral is a deeply personal decision that involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure the service is a comforting and respectful farewell. At Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, we understand the importance of this choice and are here to guide families through each step of the process, ensuring their loved one is honored in a manner that reflects their life and legacy.

By planning ahead, families can ensure that the open casket funeral not only serves as a fitting tribute but also provides solace during a time of loss.

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