Tarpon Springs, Greek community, photo before burial at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Outside St. Nicholas Church, mourners pose for a photo with the deceased before the burial, circa 1920s. At the time, it was a widely accepted practice to photograph the deceased. Especially in the case of immigrants, this might be the only glimpse that the families back home would have had of their loved ones for many years. Following the burial, mourners usually gather for a makaria, or meal to celebrate the life of the departed. The traditional menu includes a shot of Metaxa, fish, and paximadia—a dry cookie like biscotti.
City of Tarpon Springs
“Greek funeral,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 19, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/2915.