The law requires only that someone attend to the settling of the financial estate, but religious and family traditions may well make a number of other demands.
After funerals, families often invite others to join them at home or at a restaurant, to talk, remember the dead, and share a sense of fellowship and community.
In some religious traditions, family stay at home and receive visitors or say prayers for a substantial period. In some traditions, too, certain survivors are expected to wear special clothes or to abstain from certain activities for a prescribed period. Since these mandates are uncommon and vary substantially, family and friends might want to tell others in the death notice or in a handout given at other ceremonies.
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