Take Mourning

(To). Attending church the Sunday after a funeral. It is the custom, especially in the northern counties, for all the mourners, and sometimes the bearers also, to sit in a specific pew all together the Sunday after a funeral. It matters not what place of worship they usually attend- all unite in the “taking mourning.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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