In some cultures, the gathering following a funeral is known as a luncheon, while in others, it is considered a wake. The former usually involves close loved ones of the deceased gathering for a meal at a church or another location away from the funeral home.
Wakes, on the other hand, are likely to last up to three days and often include drinking alcohol and singing songs. They are traditional among Irish families in particular. Some wakes are held prior to the funeral, and others are held afterwards. Both luncheons and wakes are means to exchange stories about the deceased and for the living to comfort each other.