Yes, reception. This is not a mistake, I am talking about a funeral reception, not wake. A wake takes place before a funeral when the coffin is taken home, usually the lid is removed, and family and friends gather to prepare for the funeral. Wakes are rare in many places now.
A reception, which is now very common, takes place after the funeral. It can be held at home, or if preferred at a public house, hotel or hall. At a reception the family of the deceased ‘receive’ the mourners and usually lay on refreshments.
In my experience receptions serve a very important number of roles. A reception gives a focal point at the end of the ceremony where emotions can level. It allows individuals who attended the funeral to meet the close relatives and offer their condolences and support, and share grief. It gives people the opportunity to talk about and share reminiscences of the deceased’s life – often humorous and uplifting. It is very much the next important step in the grieving and remembering process of all those touched by the loss.
A reception is an aspect of a funeral that is well worth considering and it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.