Obituaries

James Penn
B: 1944-07-02
D: 2020-08-03
View Details
Penn, James
Willis Winslow
B: 1948-11-08
D: 2020-09-18
View Details
Winslow, Willis
William Reid
B: 1948-09-10
D: 2020-09-18
View Details
Reid, William
Keilan Mitchell-Edwards
B: 2020-05-13
D: 2020-09-16
View Details
Mitchell-Edwards, Keilan
Patricia Knight
B: 1940-10-31
D: 2020-09-15
View Details
Knight, Patricia
William Gray
B: 1964-12-14
D: 2020-09-16
View Details
Gray, William
Joseph Branch
B: 1942-03-20
D: 2020-09-05
View Details
Branch, Joseph
Grailing Brown
B: 1965-05-20
D: 2020-09-06
View Details
Brown, Grailing
Charles Blackwell
B: 1947-10-21
D: 2020-09-08
View Details
Blackwell, Charles
Roselle Lawrence
B: 1954-10-11
D: 2020-09-05
View Details
Lawrence, Roselle
Evangeline Taylor
B: 1930-11-14
D: 2020-09-08
View Details
Taylor, Evangeline
Wilbert Upshur
B: 1932-05-14
D: 2020-09-08
View Details
Upshur, Wilbert
Le'Roy Wilson
B: 1956-03-13
D: 2020-08-31
View Details
Wilson, Le'Roy
Gregory Banks
B: 1948-03-25
D: 2020-09-02
View Details
Banks, Gregory
Juanita Wharton
B: 1949-04-12
D: 2020-08-26
View Details
Wharton, Juanita
Beulah White
B: 1939-11-06
D: 2020-08-28
View Details
White, Beulah
Ruby Parker
B: 1923-05-16
D: 2020-08-27
View Details
Parker, Ruby
Barbara Hyman
B: 1948-04-05
D: 2020-08-25
View Details
Hyman, Barbara
James Poyner
B: 1941-10-07
D: 2020-08-24
View Details
Poyner, James
Daniel Adams
B: 1963-05-27
D: 2020-08-19
View Details
Adams, Daniel
Amos Rawls
B: 1945-12-31
D: 2020-08-19
View Details
Rawls, Amos

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508

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 dead person.

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 and 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 tape record this event to listen to again later.

365 Days of Healing

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our free daily grief support email program, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

52 Weeks of Support

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.