37. Non-traditional Wakes
A wake is when people go to a
person's home or a funeral parlor to pay
last respects. A funeral parlor is a place
the preparation of the corpse for burial takes
. Part of the preparation can be dressing the
, doing their makeup, and placing them in a
for people to see. Some people do have
closed casket wake, where you can't see the
person; some people are not even choosing coffins
their dearly departed loved ones.
In the United
, more and more families are choosing not to
traditional wakes. There is a recent trend of
having non-traditional wakes with the deceased person posed
something they loved doing when they were alive.
example, a family in New Orleans had their
loved one posed at a table with a
between her fingers and a can of beer.
funeral home in Puerto Rico has become famous
its non-traditional wakes. It all started in 2008,
a family asked for their dead loved one
be propped up against the wall of their
for the wake. When a paramedic died, his
had his dead body in the driver's seat
an ambulance. Another family had a man propped
in a fake boxing ring for his wake.
dead man was posed on top of his
. Recently, a grandmother was posed sitting in her
These non-traditional wakes have their critics though.
people think they are disrespectful. They think of
as a solemn and sad occasion, not a
to pose the dead as if they were
. Fans feel it helps them remember the dead
they were when they were alive.