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Considerations in Planning a Reception

The most typical funeral reception takes place after the service at a church, mortuary, community hall or private residence. This offers the chance for guests to speak and share memories during a less formal setting, usually over light food and drinks.

A wake could be a celebration where your friends and relatives share food and drink, memories, prayers, readings, blessings, farewells, songs, tributes, and toasts. It supports a tradition of family and friends staying awake with the deceased overnight until the body is buried, so as to back the omens. A wake can occur at reception, at a mortuary, or in a rented hall.

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