How to Plan a Wake

Grieving family and friends come together during a wake to remember a loved one, outside the formality of a funeral service. A wake is also known as a visitation service and is usually coupled with a separate funeral service.

Watch this video to learn how to plan for a wake so you allow family and friends the opportunity to pay their respects to a loved one, and to spend time together in grief. Wakes can be held in a number of locations, according to your family’s preferences and traditions. The site is commonly a family member’s home or the funeral home, although some families choose a location that was special to the deceased, such as a community center or gymnasium.

If you’re in need of advice from a funeral home in Oakland , please contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123. Our funeral home can provide compassionate guidance that helps your family to grieve and heal by making planning ahead easier.

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