What is a memorial service?

A memorial service is held without the body being present. If the deceased has been cremated, the family may have the ashes present in an urn. The final disposition of the remains may take place either before or after the service. Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service may not be held until weeks or months after the death. The memorial service may be religious or non-religious, and can be held in a funeral home, church, private home, community room, or outdoors.