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The wake, Puerto Rican style
These odd wakes are taken very seriously by the families of the deceased, who say they are attempting to pay tribute in a special way to their loved ones.
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The body of Georgina Chervony Lloren, who died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 80, is propped up in a rocking chair during her wake in a funeral home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, May 26, 2014. Miriam Chervony, daughter of Georgina, explained that her mother had asked her family that in the case of her death, she wanted her funeral to be in her favorite rocking chair and in her wedding gown from her second marriage 32 years ago. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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Lidianette Carmona, right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera who was shot to death on Sunday, left, hugs the boxer's mother Celines Amaro, as they stand next to his body propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
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The body of Renato Garcia, dressed as fictional superhero the Green Lantern, is propped up against a wall in his sister's apartment, during his wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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The body of Victor Perez Cardona is propped up inside his taxi during his wake in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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The body of Victor Perez is propped up inside his taxi during his wake in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the curious tradition of unusual wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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People attend the wake of taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona, whose body is propped up inside his taxi in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

The wake, Puerto Rican style

These odd wakes are taken very seriously by the families of the deceased, who say they are attempting to pay tribute in a special way to their loved ones.

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