The Orthodox Wake




Following the burial the family usually provides refreshments. Traditionally this commences with a shot of brandy or a Greek coffee as mourners enter the function venue, accompanied by bread, olives, cheese and paximathia (dry unsweetened biscuits).

Some families now prefer a fuller meal of fish, potatoes, salad, cheese, olives, bread and traditional savoury pastries spanakopita and tyropita, accompanied by wine. Some families provide these refreshments at the graveside following burial.

Chris & Maria Stamelos - Funeral Directors Melbourne - Victoria Funerals
Victoria Funerals conducts the majority of Greek Orthodox funerals in Melbourne. Chris and Maria are often seen in the midst of the Greek Orthodox community that has come to know them and respect them, as they participate in and sponsor Church festivals and fundraisers.


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