Many people find it helpful to spend time with the person who has died before the funeral. This special time is an opportunity to say goodbye. Our tastefully decorated modern lounges, the Gold, Fern, and Rose rooms are adjacent to the chapel for families who wish to visit.
This time together can assist in the grieving process as it allows people to begin to accept the reality of the death of the person. It can be a time to place mementos such as cards, letters, small gifts, photos, flowers and other significant objects in the casket with the person. Some families choose to take the person home or to another venue, and they will spend some days with the person who has died.
We are happy to make the arrangements that fit with your wishes, at a time suitable to all family members.
Children benefit from being included in the preparations for a funeral. Visiting, seeing, and touching someone they love can be a positive experience as it allows them to say goodbye and helps them to accept the reality and finality of death.
Historically children were not involved in the funeral process. Today most experts would agree that children should have the same opportunity to view the person who has died and to attend the funeral if they wish to.
We encourage visiting at Hope and Sons between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You are welcome to visit outside these hours by organising a convenient time with your funeral director.
“I would like to thank Johanna, who was there for me all the way.”