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i am hoping someone can help me i have been lucky enough to not have not attended many funerals in my life but my grandmother passed away two weeks ago (sept.1 2012) and we had her viewing/visitation on sept.5th
i had never been to an open casket viewing before at the end of the visitation the funeral director came in (or at lease i think thats who it was it was someone from the funeral home anyway) and let us know that they would now be closing the casket and that if we didn't want to be there for that now was the time to leave. i chose to stay and i noticed before they closed the caslet he covered my grandmother's hands and face with tissues. i am just wondering why they do that??
anyone have any ideas i tried to google it but didnt really find anything i'm not sure if it is a religios thing (i believe my grandmother was catholic) or what it was i know that she was to be cremated at a later date.
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I'm not an expert, but I SUSPECT if there was another open casket event the following day it was done to preserve the makeup job the funerary staff did on your Grandmother's skin. If there was NOT another event then I would say it was done out of habit for the reason I mentioned. Only so much can be done to keep the body "presentable" if you know what I mean and it is NOT easy, soooo. That would be my best guess, I don't believe it's a religious thing.
I'm sorry for your loss.
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Wendywoo, I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. I did check out a few detailed embalming websites to see why tissue paper would be placed on the hands and face. I believe that Norcalmonkey provided the correct answer about protecting the makeup. Also the tissue paper would help to prevent makeup transfer to the casket's inner lining if it touched the face and hands.
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