|Front Page, Al-Tahrir: "The Last Viewing"|
That paragon of journalism, The Daily Mail, seems to find this particularly unusual. I think it's done in other Eastern Church traditions as well, and frankly I don't see how it differs greatly from any viewing in which the corpse of the deceased is publicly displayed: and that is regularly done in most Western traditions. Perhaps I'm more multiculturally attuned than The Daily Mail, but then you can probably say that of just about everybody.
I have already offered my own initial obituary, but Al Jazeera English's video obit may be of interest, particularly for its historical film clips: