Why Is a Wake Called a Wake?

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A wake is called a wake because relatives and friends stood awake all night to mourn the dead. It is originally from the Celtic people who believed the body was at risk of thieves and people who might have done inappropriate things or steal the body or parts of it.
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It is called a wake because a long time ago, people believed that you could bring the dead back to life, and by having a gathering after they die, you could wake them from the dead.
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A viewing is called a wake because historically family & friends of the deceased
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A wake is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral
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This has to do with the 'olden days'. People used to not know about heartbeats, being unconscious, comas, etc, so they assumed that an unresponsive person was dead. But, there were
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A wake is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, modern wakes are usually performed in funeral homes. According to legend, the word wake comes from the fact that the people at a wake are waiting incase the deceased should “wake up”.
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