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Why was there no open casket and a viewing

I have often wondered why since Michael's death you keep hearing the family talk about how he was the greatest entertainer and they have to keep his music and legacy alive. Why did they not know and understand how much us fans loved him and allow a viewing like Elvis and James Brown. I wonder if Michael told them if he should pass he didnt want a open casket. I truly thought James Brown's funeral was amazing and done in such a celebration of his life his family and friends and his music. I know it must have been important for Michael to say goodbye as he was there we all saw that on you tube I wish we could have had the same opportunity

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Michael never would have wanted that. I could have never seen him that way. I want to remember him vibrant and alive.

There was--for his family and friends, as should be. Some of them had, from what I understand, an extremely difficult time with it, so they deserved to have that time in private and Michael deserved that privacy and dignity as well. It only would have taken one person with a cell phone camera and we would never have stopped seeing those photos. I personally would not have been able to handle it so I am thankful. The photos from the ambulence and later the helicopter were more than enough for me to handle. That would have done me in.

Simply because the family didn't want to. I'm happy with what I saw. I've always disliked open caskets. There's just something about viewing a body lay there that just gives me the chills. I'd rather be my last memory of Mikey that of the performer, the man & the daddy who won my heart many many years ago Smiling And by last I mean as his time here on earth. I will never have one LAST memory of Mikey Cool

"As for myself, I am pleased there was no open casket. Because of who Michael was, he deserved his dignity and his privacy."

Thank you, sparkles!

This thread seems to be all about what the fans want....has anybody once thought about what MICHAEL would have wanted? Sheesh....hasn't he given us enough already? Can a brotha rest in peace, please???

I remember Princess Diana had a closed casket too and there was no viewing by the public. I don't think Michael would have wanted people to see him like that. I don't know for sure but I don't think so. I know I would not want to see him like that. That image would stay with me and I want to remember him and how he was alive.

I am glad they left it closed. I would have had a mental breakdown if I'd seen that image.

I am glad there was no open casket because i too believe that he is not in there.He is in my heart and lives on through his music. He also lives on through us because we are here to spread his love and messages to the world.

Oooh but Michael is still with me, in my heart and in my mind I can feel him everyday...I even can feel him smiling back at me.....................from heaven............
I hope and pray you will feel that one day too, its a blessing through all the tears to feel it...
I know its hard to let go..........it really is...
I pray for his kids and fam. too......
with love...!

I believe he's not in there. Sorry, no disrespect meant but I feel he's still with us. I hope I don't offend anybody here. Somehow, there's no closure for me yet and there are still a lot of inconsistencies about his death until now...

I would NOT have been able to HANDLE or DEAL with seeing Michael in an Open Casket/Viewing. I couldn't TAKE IT and I don't want to remember him like that!! That Memorial was ALREADY such a SAD and PAINFUL DAY, I CRIED THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROGRAM!! I didn't mind looking at this Beautiful Gold Casket with all those Beautiful Red Roses and it was CLOSED!!

I rather remember Michael in Happier times and recent as his THIS IS IT Movie Rehearsals!! I HATE FUNERALS, like most people, and I was grateful that MJ's Casket was CLOSED and NOT OPEN - I wouldn't be able to get this viewing out of my head or dreams!!

REST IN PEACE MJ - I LOVE YOU!!!

XOXOXO - MJ,
IreneLovesMichael
A DEVOTED MJ FAN FOREVER, FOR ALL TIMES, Bloomfield, NJ

Oooh Miriam, so you think ejacobs took our posts to Forest Lawn, the guard brought it to the casket and Michael is not there..................
Well I can tell you he is there and I wish he wasnt................but he is.......
By the way, I mean well by saying this..............

OMG, I am simply grateful they didn't do that!
I would have been terrible to see that image, to have it in my mind... noooo!! Too shocking. I rather keeping this image of him happy and healthy and flawless in my mind. That's easier for me.

maybe he is no there...

I found that strange myself, After all they all claimed he looked great, they had is hair and makeup done as if he was going on stage, he was such a Big celeb , It's mind boggling why the casket wasn't open, Maybe It was because MJ was such a private person in life, they fig to leave it closed to the public....
It would of gave me closure and put all those MJ is alive videos to rest.......They showed elvis ,James Brown ect..why Not him ????

Like most of you, I would NEVER have been able to handle seeing Michael that way Sad...It would have killed me. I want to remember Michael as he has always been to me. So full of life, and love. I want to remember his bright eyes and smile as they always were. God..Tonight is one of those nights for me. There are nights when I am doing better with my grief...But tonight I sit here thinking...Wow, nearly 6 months already since we have lost our beloved Michael...I still can't grasp this reality. I swear sometimes it's like I really am in denial...I hate feeling like this. It's just heart wrenching Sad sigh.... Let me be honest. The way things have been going since June 25th, I honestly don't know if I will ever move on, or fully recover from the pain... I just wanna wake up and realize this whole thing was a horrifying nightmare Sad

OK, so the memorial at Neverland idea is never going to happen. Sad

i really dont know how i feel on this!! like i kinda wish it would have been open you know for closure and all but then again i dont know if i could handle seeing him lying in a casket!! thats something im not sure i would want to see!! and i really dont think michael would have wanted an open casket because michael liked his privacy (even though he got very little of it) and i dont think he would want everyone looking at him!! i really think he would have wanted it closed so im happy they did it that way......i guess!!
l.o.v.e
bee

bna, to see Michael lying in an open casket would have stopped my heart from beating. Why? Because of the finality of the moment. That image of our beloved King of Pop would have been forever cemented in our hearts and minds and that is something that I do not believe ANY of us would wish to remember.

The last image of him inside the ambulance that the paps took my breath away leaving me in tears every time I thought about it and I thought that would be the last image along with his golden casket that I would have in my head forever... that is until This Is It happened. Now the last memories I have of Michael is singing, dancing and performing to the music he made famous world wide.

Peace & Blessings,

MJJM

I would not be able to handle that at all...thank god it was not open casket. I cried buckets just seeing that beautiful golden casket at the memorial....still can't believe this happened even after five months...ago..

Jnky said:
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Ok, is it just me or does it seem like lately people post topics and then throw tantrums at the first moment somebody doesn't agree 100% with their opinion? I fail to see where anybody said they thought BNA was being disrespectful. We seriously need to get over these childish behaviors. We do NOT have to always agree 100% in regards to matters relating to MJ or any other subject matter.
When we post a topic on here, we need to do so ONLY if we're willing completely take EVERYBODY'S opinions into consideration and respect that we all have different ways of seeing things. I think having adult discussions means being able to speak about things openly and honestly even if the output ends up being opposing opinions.
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*agrees*

As for myself, I am pleased there was no open casket. Because of who Michael was, he deserved his dignity and his privacy.

bna: It was a good conversation topic. Perhaps not the most lighthearted, but they don't all have to be. It got people talking, and that's the point. I am unsure what upset you so, but it is totally fair for people to have not wanted to see someone they loved be shown in that way.

If you think about the way his face has been photo shopped in the past, and all of the money that was made off his sweet face in that ambulance, it makes me sick. I am sure the family had a private viewing.

What I would have like to see, would be a memorial built for him at Neverland.

Jnky, I've noticed that as well and I agree with you 100%. I guess some folks are sensitive, I dunno. Sad

"I read your replies and you make me feel like I would be disrepecting Michael by what I said. I would never do that. I am not stupid if it were a open casket no matter what Michael had to have done medically a breathing tube extensive autoposy you would never know it. They would never leave a body like that for viewing. And yes I know about loss 3 years ago this month I went to pick my sister up for her to spend the night with me cause we were going to bake Christmas cookies like we did every year. When she didnt open her door I went in and she had passed in her sleep she was only 42. I not only lost my sister but I found her. I thought when I saw Michael at James Browns funeral he showed such sincere grief and respect. And I do believe if that if that had chosen to have an open casket it could have been done respectfully. I would never want any disrespect to Michael. I guess it is time for me to leave this site. I love you Michael rest in peace"
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Ok, is it just me or does it seem like lately people post topics and then throw tantrums at the first moment somebody doesn't agree 100% with their opinion? I fail to see where anybody said they thought BNA was being disrespectful. We seriously need to get over these childish behaviors. We do NOT have to always agree 100% in regards to matters relating to MJ or any other subject matter.
When we post a topic on here, we need to do so ONLY if we're willing completely take EVERYBODY'S opinions into consideration and respect that we all have different ways of seeing things. I think having adult discussions means being able to speak about things openly and honestly even if the output ends up being opposing opinions.

OOOH BNA..........U'R REMINDING ME OF THAT MEMORIAL DAY.IT WAS LIKE HELL............I CRIED BITTERLY ALONE ...OHHHHHHHH THAT HURTS AGAIN
THANK GOD ...IW WAS A CLOSED CASKET..............IT'D BE DEVASTATING TO SEE HIM THAT WAY
THE MERE VIEW OF THE CLOSE CASKET..........DOWN THE STAGE FOR A MAN SPENT THE MOST HAPPY DAYS OF HIS LIFE BEING ON STAGE..........!!!!!!!! IT WAS LIKE TRAUMA........
BT THE WAY.....TED KENNEDY WAS AN ICON BUT HE WASN'T IN A OPEN CASKET.., RIGHT?
MAY BE ICONS HAVE SPECIAL MEMORIALS......BUT I DONT KNOW WHY?

Bna-

I don't think anyone was thinking you were being disrespectful at all. This forum is about everyone expressing and voicing their own individual views and opinions Smiling
I think it's so interesting reading everyones point of views and we all have one thing in common.... The L.O.V.E of MJ Smiling
So, please don't leave the forum xxxx

I read your replies and you make me feel like I would be disrepecting Michael by what I said. I would never do that. I am not stupid if it were a open casket no matter what Michael had to have done medically a breathing tube extensive autoposy you would never know it. They would never leave a body like that for viewing. And yes I know about loss 3 years ago this month I went to pick my sister up for her to spend the night with me cause we were going to bake Christmas cookies like we did every year. When she didnt open her door I went in and she had passed in her sleep she was only 42. I not only lost my sister but I found her. I thought when I saw Michael at James Browns funeral he showed such sincere grief and respect. And I do believe if that if that had chosen to have an open casket it could have been done respectfully. I would never want any disrespect to Michael. I guess it is time for me to leave this site. I love you Michael rest in peace

I think they needed this last private moment with Michael.
And I respect it very, very much...
In fact, I am gratefull they didnt show him for the whole world......
He gave already so much to us.......The last part they kept private.......I can understand...
Just my humble opinion...

I woulnd't want to see him dead... That's not the image of him that I want in my head.

Me too I liked the closed casket. May be for ilusion that he never died.
Love,

Me too , I was happy about closed casket.

Love,