What Is the Gathering After a Funeral Called?

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The gathering after a funeral is called a reception, according to EverPlans. Receptions are typically held after funerals so loved ones can get together and remember the deceased.

Funeral receptions often are held at the home of a family member or friend. However, certain funeral homes and places of worship also have designated areas for receptions. Receptions can be held at restaurants or social halls. Various food and drink can be served at a funeral reception. For example, many people choose to have potluck style receptions for which everyone brings a dish. Some religious traditions require specific foods for the reception. Funeral receptions also can be catered.