The Vigil Service
In Australia the service or Vigil the night before the funeral is optional, although many cultures, particularly Italians and Europeans adhere to the requirement.
Different cultures have different customs for the night before the funeral. One custom is to visit the home of the close relatives of the person who died, to sit with them, to share their grief. Some people choose to go to the funeral home. There they will view the body and pray for a short time. Some parishes have the custom of praying the rosary at the church. The rosary may also be recited in the funeral home.
This is a less formal setting and offers families the opportunity to conduct many of their own personal celebrations and to share thoughts and memories in a less formal way.
The Vigil or viewing also offers a much more informal setting than the Mass the following day. It is at this time that many other things can be done to celebrate the life.
Time is generally not and issue and the family and friends can use this time to say all their personal goodbyes.
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