The main difference is in the processes involved in the disposition of the body (the cremation process vs. the embalming process). For the funeral ceremony itself, you can have a traditional funeral the same as if the body was present. As with a traditional burial, you can still choose to have a final viewing prior to cremation; but in this case, you may need to have the body embalmed and either purchase or rent a casket for the viewing. If cremation is performed prior to the funeral or memorial service, you can choose to have the urn with the deceased’s ashes present at the service, or not. You can also still have a graveside service if the urn is interred in a burial plot or columbarium.