A friend of my daughters was hit by a car last week and died. Only 14 yrs old. He wasn't a close friend of Hanna's but hung out in the same group. I had never met him. So since last week I have sheparded her through a vigil in his memory, wake and funeral. The wake was especially hard as they had an open casket. We are Jewish so that is not our tradition and hard for me to explain to her. There is nothing more awful then a young person dying needlessly. Can someone explain better to me about why an open casket? I don't feel comfortable asking anyone IRL.