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what exactly does a Wake signify?

no bashing please. just truly ignorant about what a Wake is all about. my family has always done funerals for the passing of loved ones. for us, a funeral is when you say your goodbyes, get your closure and put the body of the deceased to rest. tonight we are having the wake of hubby's grandfather, and i'm just not sure what the purpose of a wake is?


Asked by tnm786 at 11:26 AM on Nov. 30, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This is done mostly for the family and friends of the deceased to be together and share in their mourning and sorrow. It eases the transition, for many people, between the immediate death of their loved one and the going on with their lives. It allows for others to express their grief or love to the family of the deceased.

    Answer by jessa1091 at 9:32 PM on Nov. 30, 2010

  • In the past, it was to make sure the deceased was really dead. Family and friends would gather to watch until it was time for the funeral. Now it's just tradition.

    Answer by ballewal at 11:27 AM on Nov. 30, 2010

  • it's the same thing as the "viewing" at the funeral home, traditionally wakes were in the deceased persons home

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:29 AM on Nov. 30, 2010

  • A wake was done at a time when brain scans weren't possible --to avoid accidentally burying people in coma.

    It was a result of gravediggers noticing the number of scratched up coffin interiors when lifting them to make room for more (the bones were added to the crypts once the bodies had completely decomposed)...

    It was also a celebration of the life, rather than a mourning of the passing --a big party in honour of the victim.

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:43 AM on Nov. 30, 2010

  • i always thought it was a celebration of the life a person lived on earth instead of mourning for the death of a person, i never knew about the historical aspects

    Answer by pookipoo at 12:02 PM on Nov. 30, 2010