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After-funeral catering is an important part of the grief process. Most commonly referred to as ‘the wake,’ it allows family and friends an opportunity to share memories and be together.
This after-funeral catering service can be arranged at almost any venue, including your local surf club, RSL, or sports, social clubs local parks or at your home.
Usually, it is best to organise a wake away from the family home. This way, you can go home when you want. There’s no cleaning up or dealing with those who want to stay behind.
Be responsible when serving and consuming alcohol. Grief and alcohol don’t usually mix well.
When you choose our company-owned chapels, we can provide you options for after-funeral catering, including tea, coffee, and catering packages.
For more information about our after-funeral catering options, please contact us.
A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home or another convenient location. A wake is also sometimes held in place of a funeral as a social celebration of the person’s life.
In the United States and Canada, it is synonymous with a viewing. It is often a social rite that highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole. In the United Kingdom and other parts of the Commonwealth, where it is not customary to have a public viewing ceremony before the funeral, the term is sometimes used for a gathering held after the funeral.
The term originally referred to a late-night prayer vigil but is now mostly used for the social interactions accompanying a funeral. While the modern usage of the verb wake is “become or stay alert,” a wake for the dead harks back to the vigil, “watch” or “guard” of earlier times. It is a misconception that people at a wake are waiting in case the deceased should “wake up.”
Nowadays a wake is an extension of the funeral and allows people to relax and share stories and celebrate the good times and memories with family and friends.