Story setting: Near future London.
Search efforts: Various combinations of 'Europe', 'mourning', 'culture', 'ritual', 'gathering', etc. Also read the relevent Wikipedia articles and checked the memories section here : )
I've also read up on mourning culture in various religions, such as Judaism and Christianity. I've read about shemria in Judaism, where someone stays with the body, but that isn't quite what I'm looking for.
This is one of those 'passing reference' things. We have a group of seven or so people hanging around in an apartment after the death of one of their close friends. It's the middle of the night, and one of them asks why they're all in the same place, seeing as only two of them actually own said apartment. Another character says something like "This is the way people deal with death in (insert European country here)". For clarification: the body isn't in the apartment with them.
My question: in what European countries (if any) is it usual for people to gather in one place directly after a death to wait out the time until the funeral together? These people don't have to be blood relatives, either of each other or of the deceased.
I'm not even sure if this is a common practise anywhere. But I'd be very grateful for anything anyone could tell me, or if anyone could point me in the right direction for further research.