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
For example, a wake is a more informal time for visitation and remembrance of
the dead, whereas a funeral typically contains structured rituals and is often ...
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.
The reception after the funeral, which is sometimes called the wake, is an
opportunity to mourn the passing of the person who has died and, as importantly,
A viewing (also called a wake) may be brief and take place immediately before
the funeral service, or may last for up to three days before the service. A visitation
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...