A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral.
Traditionally ... custom in most Celtic countries in Europe for mourners to keep
watch or vigil over their dead unt...
A "wake" for the dead harks back to a more antiquated meaning of the word: "
watch" or "guard," rather than the "become or stay alert" definition that the word
The practice of 'waking' the dead (having someone sit with the deceased from the
time of death until burial in case he 'wakes up') began out of .... a corpse that "
wakens" called Finnegan's Wake. i'm sure someone can find the ...
Apr 9, 2003 ... It's called a wake because the mourners stay awake during the night, originally to
watch and pray over the corpse 'Wake' is the native English ...
In other words, the deceased must be awake among the dead, a state of affairs ...
optimism in the face of death—conviviality called upon to reinforce solidarity.
modern funeral custom that has generally supplanted the wake. (see: U.S. .... 30
minutes and is usually held in a small funeral chapel which is called a (kapella) ...
It is called a wake because a long time ago, people believed that you could bring
the dead ... A wake was held 3 days up to a week and since there were no
funeral homes, the wake was held at the person's last residence or at a family ...
A wake is a time for visiting and commemorating the dead, while a funeral is a
formal, sometimes religious, ceremony ... Now I know why it's called a "wake".
When a person dies, family and friends often gather together in the hours or days
before the funeral to view the body, share memories of the deceased, and ...
Catholic funeral rites are comprised of three parts: the wake, funeral Mass and
committal. Since the wake -- also called a vigil -- is the first of these rites, it's also