Years ago, families cleaned and dressed their loved ones. Family and friend visited. I remember very clearly people kissing their loved one. Again, the question should be what do people need.
Often now we are with our loved ones when they pass, however, if your not you may need to see someone to truly understand that they are gone.
I meet with people who say they just want to be cremated without being seen. I encourage people to leave the option open for close family members. What do they need? Maybe they held your hand, maybe you were sking. Maybe they will need to and maybe they won’t but I encourage everyone to allow that decision to be made after your passed.
Viewing embalmed for close family is an options but if someone wants to have a full viewing for extended family you need to be embalmed for safety and sanitary reasons.