longdog wrote:Given that we don't really go in for embalming in this country wouldn't closed coffin 'viewings' be the norm? Come to think of it... Do Brits go in for 'viewings' at all?
In my limited experience of British funerals, we box them up and burn or bury them with reasonable dignity but minimal trimmings
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
were very popular here because we do find it fascinationg how Americans often take a basic idea and run with it to what some may consider beyond absurdity.