Simply a funeral service where the body of the deceased is not present or only the cremated remains of the person are present.
Memorial Services are simply a funeral service where the body of the deceased is not present or only the cremated remains of the person are present. They can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the community and religious affiliations.
There is a growing trend towards having memorial services in locations other than the funeral home. Locations that are becoming more popular are other places of worship, in someone’s home, outdoors, at a place that was special to the deceased, or even in a church or banquet hall.
You can hold a memorial service instead of a funeral or in addition to it. For instance, you might have a funeral in the town where the person lived and died, and a memorial service later in the town where he/she grew up.
To personalize the memorial service, see section for Funeral Services.