However, these should not give cause for any undue alarm. In cases such as these, a picture of the deceased, usually a formal photo, is placed atop the casket. We are Independent family owned. This will usually indicate that the death was due to natural causes and in such cases there is no inquest. The coffin may be closed if the body was too badly damaged because of an accident or fire or other trauma, deformed from illness, if someone in the group is emotionally unable to cope with viewing the corpse, or if the deceased did not wish to be viewed. Visitation[ edit ] At the visitation also called a " viewing ", " wake " or "calling hours" , in Christian or secular Western custom, the body of the deceased person or decedent is placed on display in the casket also called a coffin, however almost all body containers are caskets.