Hi all! I was wondering what funeral customs are like around the world. (I may have to attend a funeral later this week, which is why I thought of this). In the USA, my family usually had an open-casket wake for a day or so before the funeral where people gathered round the dead person's body to pray and say goodbye to them privately, whilst consoling other family members and friends. Then there was a funeral a day or so after that. In England, my husband's family say that this custom has not been done here since Victorian times and people NEVER see the dead body at a wake, but just have a quiet memorial service with a closed casket. He thinks the whole idea of seeing a dead body in a casket is not something he could cope with culturally, as he has never done this in England. So the question is, do people in other countries still have wakes with an open casket or is this really mainly just in America nowadays? Sorry if it's a bit morbid . . . just curious! Cheers!