The closer to the church wall you were buried the worst a person you were. These were reserved for the unfit or a person who took there on live.. As the saying goes "bury you were the sun doesn't shine", meant that you were bury by the wall that did not have sun or only shade. and it meant you were not a nice person. The direction your body faced counted. Buried face up is good, face down not good. Buried with feet face south or north counted also..
Different Designs on Tomestones give you clues and what is allow and not allow depending on your culture or religious believes.
Most wakes were held in the house and each culture had a different of what the wake should be.
Irish believe the louder the crying the better changes of getting to heaven. They would actually have people to just cry over the body.They were called wailers....
The Welsh did not agree with this or other cultures.
There was always someone with the body at all times. Just in case the person would come alive again. Which did happen at this time, many were buried alive not knowing they didn't die but just were in coma or sleeping soundly.
Burials were written up in the paper and if you were of any wealth, the coffin was written about as a status to you.
Example a beautiful Oak Coffin...Many died
without a proper burial lack of money. poor people who could not afford a plot or stone.
Many had just a rock to mark there spot...or a wooden cross made of branches.