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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/31/2010 2:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Death & mourning ., penned by Mandy N
According to the notes in the Le Faye edition, "It was the custom of the period for relatives to take a last farewell look at the body before the coffin was closed prior to the funeral." The notes do not say, but I assume this was in the home.
People still have viewings today, though not in the home -- usually at the mortuary, in my experience.
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