Mourning and burying elders in a respectful way. Hospice care & Terminal care. A wake is one of the many ceremonies or rituals a family may choose to have after a loved one has passed away. Cultures all over the world have wakes. Wakes are all about paying your respects to the deceased and the deceased’s family. Reflecting respect for deceased parents through funeral ceremony rituals. Grief, loss & bereavement: reserving specific time set aside to properly mourn parents after their death.