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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_(ceremony)

A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home or another convenient location. In the United States and Canada it is synonymous with a ...

thefuneralsource.org/trad15.html

A Wake is the custom of keeping a vigil or watch over a body from death until burial. This once common practice survives among Roman Catholics in English speaking countries, particularly in the U.S., and Ireland. Wakes include prayers for the dead and comforting of the relatives of the deceased. Often they are ...

www.deathreference.com/Vi-Z/Wake.html

The need to mark someone's death as an event affecting a whole group of people who knew, or knew of, him or her is as fundamental to human life as the necessity to provide opportunities for private grief. This kind of social gathering is usually referred to as a wake. It takes various forms in particular parts of the world .

www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/overview-of-catholic-funeral-rites.cfm

Vigil Service (Wake). "At the vigil, the Christian community keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds strength in Christ's presence" ( Order of Christian Funerals, no. 56). The Vigil Service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember the life ...

www.funeralwise.com/customs/irishwake

Irish Wake Funeral Service Rituals Until modern times, Irish wake customs ran the gamut from profound grieving to what appeared to be rollicking good fun. This was especially true if the deceased was elderly. This curious mixture borne of a cultural blend of paganism and Christianity survives today in a severely ...

www.everplans.com/articles/catholic-funeral-traditions

The Vigil is a prayer service usually held the evening before the funeral. Much like a viewing or a wake, family and friends gather in the home of the deceased, in the funeral home, or in the church to pray and remember the deceased. A priest or deacon usually presides over the prayers, though a layperson with knowledge ...

www.everplans.com/articles/buddhist-funeral-traditions

For the funeral or memorial service, the casket or cremated remains should be placed at the front of the room with an altar placed nearby. As at the wake, the altar may feature an image of the deceased, an image of the Buddha, candles, flowers, fruit, and incense. Any flowers or wreaths given to the family of the deceased by ...

mysendoff.com/2013/09/the-ritual-of-the-wake

Of course, this doesn't mean that the wake is less important. What a wake does is provide loved ones with an opportunity to come to terms with the loss they are facing – but where the funeral acts as a ceremony honoring the deceased, a wake is an opportunity to find solace in the loss amongst those who had been ...

www.burialplanning.com/resources/funeral-etiquette-guide/wake-vs-viewing-vs-funeral-whats-the-difference

Funeral: What's the Difference? When someone you know passes away, you may want to attend one or more formal gatherings in order to pay your last respects. In addition to a formal funeral service, there's often another ceremony called a ' wake' or a 'viewing.' Almost everyone who loses a close friend, colleague, or family ...