LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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Very interesting! Think I'll hang up my tennies in Oz. If I can go out with a good beer, I don't want to go.
In the USA, after the funeral there is often a gathering in the home of a relative of the deceased. I don't recall if there is a special name for it. I don't believe, however, that it's called a wake. Food is usually served. Sometimes alcohol is available. People tend to talk about almost everything other than why they are together.
I can't think of the name of it, but there was a play in the USA supposedly based on actual conversations at the wake of man who died in Appalachia (a mountainous area known for poverty). It was comical, although I imagine the deceased enjoyed it less than the audience when they attended it in play form in a theater. As I recall, the play ends when dawn approaches and the preparations for the burial begin.
And, of course, there's "Finnigan's Wake".
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