Viewing the Body Before Repatriation: What You Need to Know

The Importance of Viewing the Body in the Grieving Process

Viewing the body of a deceased loved one can be a significant part of the grieving process for many people. It can provide a sense of closure, comfort, and a chance to say goodbye. It can also help family members and friends to come to terms with the reality of the loss and begin to process their emotions.


Legal and Cultural Considerations

Whether or not you can view the body before repatriation can depend on various factors, including local laws, customs, and the condition of the body. Some countries may have laws or regulations that restrict or prohibit viewing the body, particularly if the cause of death was due to a contagious disease. 

For example if you repatriate someone to France the coffin is unable to be opened (regardless of the cause of death) again therefore you would need to say your goodbyes prior. We understand this might not always be possible however we do suggest coffins with windows. 


Risks and Benefits of Viewing the Body Before Repatriation

Viewing the body before repatriation can have both risks and benefits. On the one hand, it can provide a sense of closure and comfort to family members and friends. On the other hand, it can be emotionally distressing, particularly if the body has undergone significant decomposition or if the cause of death was violent or traumatic.


Alternatives to Viewing the Body

If viewing the body before repatriation is not possible or recommended, there are alternative ways to honour and remember the deceased. For example, you may consider holding a memorial service or ceremony to celebrate the person’s life and offer support to family members and friends.

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