Funeral Reception

A luxurious private funeral reception.

Funerals take place at a funeral home, church, or crematorium or cemetery chapel. A funeral reception is where the viewing of a deceased person will take place. It is held at a family member or friend’s home, at a restaurant, a garden, an event space, or a social hall in a religious place of worship.

Funerals are held according to the family’s choice, which may be a few days after the time of death, allowing family members to attend the service. Some funeral homes will also have spaces at the funeral home where you may be able to hold a post-service reception.

Funerals as a Reunion

This kind of gathering is also an excellent opportunity for people to spend time together and remember the person who passed away. Funerals often bring people together with the relative and close friends of a deceased person who may not have seen each other in quite some time, and the location that also provides an opportunity for the people to reconnect.

A funeral can be expected to be a formal and somber event, but a reception also offers a more casual, relaxed space for people to celebrate the life of the person who died.

If you need a funeral space available to rent out, Peerspace offers a service that lets you search for a convenient reception nearby. It also gives you the option to compare prices among the rooms available for rent.

Another one is The Hove Club, and this elegant building was built in the late 19th century that still offers a peaceful venue for funeral wakes and private lunches to celebrate the memory of a loved one. If you are planning a funeral arrangement or are organizing a gathering of family and friends, they can cater to large and small events.

Typically, a funeral is held around one or two weeks after the death, allowing the family left behind to look for a reception that is available depending on how long they want the funeral could be, though it may be longer if the funeral director only has certain days available or if there is an inquisition into the death.

Some families may wish for their loved one to be buried as soon as possible, depending on if they follow a culture, tradition and religious beliefs. Also, many religions have specific mourning periods that begin immediately after the funeral.

Bringing Something to the Funeral

Family members each holding flowers to offer during the funeral.

It is typical for receptions held at home styled like a potluck, a communal meal which people bring to share among the other guests. With friends and guests allowed to bring prepared food and drinks, alternatively, you can order deli platters from delis or supermarkets, a restaurant can deliver food, or a catering company can handle all the arrangements. If you have the reception at the funeral home, they may have restaurants or catering companies that they prefer to work with, though you may be able to bring in whatever foods you like.

If you are following any religious traditions¹, be aware that some religions have special foods that are eaten or prohibited during and after a funeral. In some religious communities, it is traditional for the social committee to provide the food and drinks for the reception.

In the Philippines, families who hold funerals always have prepared food and drinks for the guests, they also follow superstitions that are strictly followed by the elderly and in some other parts of the province. Even if foods and beverages are provided, guests are not allowed to bring home the food from the funeral, and it’s a sign of disrespect according to the older people. They’re not allowed to eat food with Moringa leaves, too. They said that eating this food could cause death in the family, one after the other, pulling the Moringa leaves means pulling a person to his grave.

Aside from food and beverages, you can bring other items such as a single flower or an arranged flower bouquet meant for funerals. The most popular choice is Lily; it represents the restored innocence of the soul of the departed. Financial contribution is also allowed to bring and give to the family left behind; it serves as help but is exclusively for the expense of the funeral only.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

I am a licensed funeral director and the owner of Beloved Cremations. My cremation center is licensed and certified to operate in Los Angeles, California as well as other nearby cities. I also write articles here and in other sites to help readers like you to navigate funeral and cremation process the easiest way possible. If you have general question or inquiry about our cremation services, just call us anytime.

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