The mortuary chapel or funeral chamber is the designated room where the relatives and friends of the deceased gather to pay their last respects. The solemnity of the funeral vigil allows the bereaved to process the loss and to pay tribute to the deceased through prayer and recollection. In view of this, it is important to decorate and furnish the chamber with appropriate funeral decorations, bedecking it in such a way that it is welcoming, elegant and discreet. The outfitting of funeral chambers is a custom of ancient origins. The designated location for the wake is also known as a chapelle ardente (“burning chapel”), the name in allusion to the many candles which are lighted inside.
The funeral chapel is usually set up in a place the deceased held dear in life, but it may also be arranged in the designated areas or mortuaries of hospitals and private clinics. By displaying appropriate funeral articles it is possible to organize a private and intimate space, perfect for allowing friends and family to pay their last respects to the deceased. Servizi Funebri Pozzoli is a funeral home specializing in the readying of mortuary chapels, providing funeral ornaments, floral arrangements and corpse preparation services.