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 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,
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
Now I know why it's called a "wake". This got me thinking about how our family
might want to conduct our aging father's funeral. At least we'll feel more prepared.
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 ...
Why do you call a funeral a wake when the person isn't awake? ... They are
called wakes as people used to sit with these people all night to check whether