Holding a Wake

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Holding a Wake : Phrases


A gathering of family & friends after a related person's funeral service.


Phoebe refused to
hold a wake for her recently deceased husband as she considered the practice useless in light of her grief.


In the 1500s, lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock drinkers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days, and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

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