What's Included with a Private Viewing (ID) with Direct Cremation to Follow?

The Private Viewing (ID) with Direct Cremation to Follow gives the family up to one hour that the deceased may be transferred out of refrigeration and identified. Following the (ID), the body of the decedent is cremated and the cremated remains are returned to the family. Embalming does not occur with this option unless requested.

Our Private Viewing (ID) with Direct Cremation to Follow includes:

- Local transfer of remains from place of death to the funeral home
- Services of our funeral director(s) and staff
- Obtaining necessary authorizations
- Private family viewing (ID) at funeral home for up to one hour
- Local transportation of remains to the crematory
- An alternative container for transportation of the remains to the crematory
- Return of the cremated remains to funeral home
- Release of cremated remains to the next-of-kin or informant

*Does not include crematory charge or cash advance items such as newspaper notice or certified copies of death certificates.

What are the Additional Benefits of having a Private Viewing (ID) with Direct Cremation to Follow?​

The identification process is utilized when there is no family present at the time of death. This commonly occurs when a person died unexpectedly and was taken directly to the Medical Examiner's Office. Typically, a Private Viewing (ID) involves one or two family members identifying the body of the deceased in-person at the funeral home.

It is important to remember that decomposition begins immediately after death. The longer the time between death and the Private Viewing (ID), the greater the chance that viewing will not be recommended.

Should a family want to hold a formal viewing with visitation hours, this can be accommodated after embalming occurs. This option is referred to as a Traditional Visitation with Cremation to Follow.

What should I expect with Private Viewing (ID) with Direct Cremation to Follow?

It is important to know an ID viewing is different than what most people have experienced during a traditional visitation. ID viewings do not include cosmetic improvements (also called restorative art) made to the deceased. The body is typically cleaned and placed on a cot or table covered with a sheet or blanket with the deceased face shown. It is truly meant for identification only. Depending on the condition of the deceased at the time of death, some may find this disturbing. Our experience is that knowing up-front how the body will be presented helps prepare loved ones so the experience is a positive one.

There are times when a funeral director will not recommend an ID viewing. When this occurs, families should seriously consider taking their advice. Funeral Directors are trained, licensed professionals who are concerned about the family, not just the deceased. If there is serious injury to the deceased or if the deceased is in an advanced state of decomposition, the body is no longer in a condition where it should be seen in an unembalmed state. In these cases, using a photo and/or unique physical characteristics is the best approach, unless the family wishes to have their loved one embalmed.