There are five basic options regarding cremation:
Public Viewing and Service - Visitation open to family and friends followed by a funeral service.
Private Viewing and Service - Visitation for family members. Viewing a loved one for the last time to provide a peaceful image of the deceased. Private viewing reaffirms the reality of death and, in many instances, is the beginning of the grieving process. In essence, this is a final chance to say goodbye.
Memorial Service - Service with cremains(processed remains) present. Usually conducted at the funeral home or place of worship.
Immediate Cremation - No visitation, rites or ceremonies. Includes removal of remains, temporary shelter, processing of all paperwork, and local transportation to crematory.