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A Brief Look At A Funeral Wake

The hosting of wakes are based on an ancient tradition where the family was required to remain awake at the side of the body until it is ready to be moved to the church. From the place of storage at a church it would be prepared for the burial or the cremation process. The preparation of a funeral wake requires a number of considerations for a smooth and memorable process.

When a family member dies, it can be an extremely difficult and emotional time for close friends and relatives. If you are planning on hosting a formal ceremony, notice has to be provided concerning the death in newspapers and public sources. All members should be notified of date, time, and location for the visitation to make the necessary arrangements.

The proceedings often take place at a funeral home. One should prepare sufficiently by notifying the facility of the ceremony and have the body prepared for viewing purposes. This will include the placement of flowers and related decorations in the room that the visitation is going to be held in.

If you wish, enlarged photographs of the deceased may be placed in the room to honor their memory. It should reflect good moments in the life of the deceased and best reflect the personality that most remember them by. All relatives, friends, and neighbors who attend the ceremony should be greeted upon entry.

The parlor may provide a guestbook to sign as individuals enter the facility. Do not forget to consider the catering including light snacks and drinks for those who have made the time to attend the visitation. The facility may not provide the foodstuffs and therefore alternative arrangements will have to be made.

Hosting a funeral wake requires a fair amount of planning with a focus on honoring the memory of the deceased. It can involve sessions of grief or a time to celebrate their life. Parlors can assist in providing for such an event and in making the best possible decisions.


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