Obituaries

Samuel Mason
D: 2016-09-24
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Mason, Samuel
Hattie Robinson
B: 1921-05-21
D: 2016-09-24
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Robinson, Hattie
Damodaran Kandiyil
B: 1936-05-01
D: 2016-09-20
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Kandiyil, Damodaran
Jose Gandara Carrillo
B: 1968-08-19
D: 2016-09-14
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Gandara Carrillo, Jose
Timotea Davila
B: 1934-08-22
D: 2016-09-12
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Davila, Timotea
Runicia Lester
B: 1996-08-05
D: 2016-09-11
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Lester, Runicia
Emory Moore
B: 2011-10-31
D: 2016-09-09
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Moore, Emory
John Drury
B: 1929-11-13
D: 2016-09-03
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Drury, John
Marta Juarez
B: 1975-12-16
D: 2016-09-03
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Juarez, Marta
Inosencia García
D: 2016-09-02
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García, Inosencia
Glenn Harris
B: 1938-02-15
D: 2016-08-31
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Harris, Glenn
Clara Hernandez
B: 1924-08-12
D: 2016-08-31
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Hernandez, Clara
Margaret Thomasson
B: 1928-02-13
D: 2016-08-27
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Thomasson, Margaret
Robert Powell
B: 1946-06-16
D: 2016-08-22
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Powell, Robert
Joseph Ordonez
B: 2004-06-03
D: 2016-08-21
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Ordonez, Joseph
Rosa Maria Cerrillo
B: 1931-05-22
D: 2016-08-20
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Cerrillo, Rosa Maria
Nola Redmond
B: 1924-05-19
D: 2016-08-18
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Redmond, Nola
Zenon Cabrera Villegas
B: 1977-07-09
D: 2016-08-12
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Cabrera Villegas, Zenon
Charles Little
B: 1931-11-17
D: 2016-08-10
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Little, Charles
Audelia Sierra
B: 1933-07-23
D: 2016-08-07
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Sierra, Audelia
Margaret Kollmansberger
B: 1941-05-10
D: 2016-08-03
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Kollmansberger, Margaret

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Visitation

A "viewing" means to have an open casket.

A "visitation" is when the body is laid out in the casket (which may be open or closed) before the service so that mourners may come to "visit."

A visitation offers a chance for people to "pay their final respects" to the deceased. Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.

You can schedule a visitation for as little as half an hour on the day of the service, or it can last for several days before the service.

The visitation can be restricted to just close friends and family, or be open to the public. You can even have a combination of private and public hours.

Is there a special ceremony?

As part of the visitation, you can arrange a formal ceremony, an informal ceremony, or none at all. The formal ceremony might be a brief service with the saying of the rosary (for Catholics) or prayers for the dead led by a mourner or member of the clergy.

The term "wake" is sometimes used to describe the reception after the funeral or memorial service.

Traditionally, though, a wake means the friends and family keeping watch by the body before it is safely buried, especially through the night. (Hence the term "wake.") In some families, there is much drinking, feasting and storytelling during the vigil.

For those who are comfortable with it, an informal storytelling session can be a wonderful way to remember the person.

The stories don't all have to be solemn, nor do they all have to show the person as a saint. We often love people as much for their flaws as for their strengths.

Remember, too, that laughter is as much a sign of strong emotion as tears or anger.

And if the person had a good sense of humor, there are bound to be some funny stories.

This sharing can be a rich and powerful experience. You might even want to record this event to play it again later.

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