What is a traditional funeral service?

A traditional funeral service is held in the presence of the deceased. The body may be either in an open or closed casket. The funeral service usually takes place within two or three days of the death. If the body has been embalmed, it may be either buried or cremated after the service. Families who choose cremation may still have the un-embalmed body present at the funeral, with the cremation process taking place shortly afterward.

The funeral service is usually led by a member of the clergy, and typically takes place in a church or funeral home chapel. Depending on the religion of the deceased, the ritual may include scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, a sermon, music, and/or hymns. After the funeral, there may be a procession to the gravesite or crematory chapel, followed by a brief committal service.