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If you are wishing to have a wake after your funeral it is important to make sure everything is ready so that after the funeral everyone can gather to talk and share stories about your loved one. Many people who now are organising funerals with unique and personal touches are making the wake in a similar fashion.

 
 

If you decide to have a traditional wake, or a modern and unique wake your funeral director will be able to assist in ensuring everything runs smoothly, so you can get the family and friends of the deceased together to support one another and to celebrate the life of the individual.

Inform Others

If you are planning on holding a wake it is important to ensure all the people you wish to attend know about the event. The wake can be a private event for just close friends and family, or could be a public event with anyone who wishes to attend being allowed. If you are planning on a wake you will want to tell others about the arrangements, so you may wish to call family and friends to inform them, as well as putting the wake announcement on the order of service for the funeral, or even announcing it during the funeral to create awareness. If you are having a public wake you may want to put the announcement in newspaper inside the deceased’s obituary.

Organise the wake

Depending on the amount of people you are expecting you should organise a suitable venue to hold the event. The wake venue should be able to hold everyone who attended the funeral if they so wish, or if you are having a private wake it will need to be big enough for everyone you have invited. Venues can consist of a range of different places, including a local pub, social club or hall.

Often homes are used, but if you are unsure if it would be big enough to hold the amount of people your funeral director can help you work out if you have enough space.

Another consideration to take into account for the wake is the food. When organising the food for the event you will need to think about the type of food you wish to be providing your guests, and to make your life easier you may wish to choose a catering service; if you are unsure about where to get caterers your funeral director will be able to offer you a catering service that fits your needs.

With certain venues they will be able to offer food and drink so you will not have to worry about hiring an additional service.

With modern wakes many people are now introducing a form of entertainment to help create a celebration of the deceased’s life. Entertainment can range from having a range of images of the deceased’s life to having the individual’s favourite music playing.

It is important to know the time of when the wake begins so to offer anyone who is going to attend an idea of what time to start arriving at the venue. Your funeral director will be able to give you an estimate of what the time will be, considering the length of the service and the travel time.

When organising a wake you may want to have a budget for the amount you are willing to spend, which your funeral director can help you keep to by offering you estimates for the amount each part of the wake will cost.
 
 
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