Obituaries

Abid Al Hakeem
B: 1936-07-01
D: 2018-08-15
View Details
Al Hakeem, Abid
Salima Zakaria
B: 1928-07-01
D: 2018-08-14
View Details
Zakaria, Salima
Marosha Harmz
B: 1943-07-01
D: 2018-08-13
View Details
Harmz, Marosha
Alan Leitch
B: 1924-06-23
D: 2018-08-11
View Details
Leitch , Alan
Antoinette Kersey
B: 1942-03-07
D: 2018-08-07
View Details
Kersey, Antoinette
Josephine Zizzo
B: 1945-04-24
D: 2018-08-06
View Details
Zizzo, Josephine
Suzanne Hanna
B: 1948-10-12
D: 2018-08-05
View Details
Hanna, Suzanne
Ruben Perez
B: 1943-08-22
D: 2018-08-04
View Details
Perez , Ruben
Alicia Verduzco
B: 1927-11-06
D: 2018-08-04
View Details
Verduzco , Alicia
Becky Doiron
B: 1955-12-01
D: 2018-08-03
View Details
Doiron , Becky
Nancy Farrell
B: 1952-10-31
D: 2018-08-02
View Details
Farrell , Nancy
Joyce Curtis
B: 1930-08-19
D: 2018-07-31
View Details
Curtis , Joyce
Frank Citriniti
B: 1938-10-12
D: 2018-07-28
View Details
Citriniti, Frank
David Durbin
B: 1992-08-17
D: 2018-07-28
View Details
Durbin , David
Darla Barney
B: 1952-03-08
D: 2018-07-27
View Details
Barney , Darla
David Sheridan
B: 1965-04-08
D: 2018-07-25
View Details
Sheridan , David
John Kadelski
B: 1961-05-10
D: 2018-07-22
View Details
Kadelski, John
Adli Hanna
B: 1942-02-19
D: 2018-07-21
View Details
Hanna, Adli
Katie Curtis
B: 1961-12-13
D: 2018-07-21
View Details
Curtis , Katie
Ella Sousa
B: 1930-02-12
D: 2018-07-21
View Details
Sousa, Ella
Katia Deeb
B: 1947-06-15
D: 2018-07-20
View Details
Deeb, Katia

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
374 N. Magnolia Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 440-9900
Fax: (619) 440-9902

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.