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What Is A Wake?

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When your loved one passes away, there is so much to think about. As well as dealing with overwhelming grief, you will need to organise the funeral and the wake, among other things. But what is a wake and why should you have one? Here, we will take a look at everything you need to know about wakes and explain how Cairns Funeral Directors can assist you in this important part of your farewell.

What Is A Wake?

In Australia, a wake is sometimes simply known as a gathering, and it is a social event that takes place after the funeral is over. Usually held at a neutral location, such as a restaurant, hotel, bar, or back at the home of the deceased or their family, it is an opportunity for funeral attendees to gather and give condolences to the family of the person who has passed away. Usually, food and drink are served during a wake, and many families choose to employ caterers to handle this aspect of the event. Overall, it is a less formal aspect of the traditional funeral rites.

Wakes In Australia

The tradition of holding a wake has been common in Australia since the nineteenth century, though this varies from culture to culture. It was initially introduced by English settlers who gathered for food and drink after the funeral rites had been completed. While this would tend to be a sombre affair, nowadays, wakes can be as lively as the person they are celebrating.

Do You Need To Hold A Wake?

It is not strictly necessary to hold a wake, and some choose not to have a post-funeral gathering or a traditional funeral at all. However, it is seen as a good way to gather after the formality of the funeral has passed, and to truly celebrate the life of your loved one.

When you have lost a loved one, it can be difficult to know where to start. Cairns Funeral Directors are here to help you through every step of this challenging time. If you are interested in hosting a wake after the funeral of your loved one, then talk to us. We can assist you with your wake, whether you wish to throw a large affair or something quieter and more intimate. Wakes can be hard to arrange, so we take as much off your hands as possible, helping you with everything from catering to venues. Let us know how we can support you and celebrate your loved one.