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jrc1963 posted 1/9/2014 19:45 PM

FWSO's friend passed away recently.

Tonight he went to friends house where his wife and family had people over... Besides wake... What would a meeting like this be called?

His wife called it something when she invited FWSO over... but I can't for the life of me remember.

FWSO thought he was going to a viewing, but it was in the couples home... so I don't think that's what it was.

painpaingoaway posted 1/9/2014 20:23 PM

A 'visitation' would be the only other word I can come up with. That's what we call it here in my neck of the southern woods, lol.

bbee posted 1/9/2014 20:27 PM

Well, I'm from the South, and we call these things "visitation," but they are generally not at people's homes.

jrc1963 posted 1/9/2014 20:32 PM

It was just family and friends... the deceased was not in the house.

Up north when you say a "viewing" it's head at the funeral home and the body is there.

looking forward posted 1/9/2014 21:18 PM

Celebration of Life

It's a get together of friends and relatives of the deceased to share memories, etc.

kernel posted 1/9/2014 21:34 PM

A vigil? Although that's usually with the body, like a wake.

Lionne posted 1/10/2014 02:35 AM

Are they Jewish? Was it after the funeral? If so, they are sitting shiveh. It's done from 3 days to ore depending on the family.

Kodi posted 1/10/2014 09:20 AM

Did she call it a repast?

jrc1963 posted 1/10/2014 18:15 PM

They're not Jewish.... The funeral was today.

Shiva's a sat for 7 days, not 3 days...

I'm Jewish, when my Grandma died we sat Shiva for 7 days.

I think she may have called it an Open House...

I don't know... I guess it doesn't matter now.

hurtbs posted 1/10/2014 19:54 PM

Vigil, viewing, visitation, memorial... are his friends Jewish? Are they sitting shiva?

Amazonia posted 1/10/2014 20:01 PM

Open house was my first thought.

We had open houses for everything in Michigan. Seriously, everything.

sisoon posted 1/11/2014 17:05 PM

Around here, shiva runs anywhere from 1 to 7 days. I guess with modern efficiency, we can get through the mourning more quickly.

I wonder how well that works....

Catwoman posted 1/11/2014 18:45 PM

It is customary for family and close friends to have a gathering of this nature (usually after the funeral, but it can be at any time). As far as I know, it does not have a formal name or designation, probably because it is optional and it is generally an invitation only event.


lynnm1947 posted 1/11/2014 18:46 PM

We call it "visitation".

jrc1963 posted 1/11/2014 18:51 PM


Sisoon.... I was describing a Shiva per the religious instruction I received. I didn't know others had shortened them to suit their own convenience.

I am pretty sure she called it an "open house" in the text message she sent... but like I said... in the long run I guess it's nit picking.

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