A visitation offers a chance for people to "pay their final respects" to the deceased. Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.
A memorial service is a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the community and religious affiliations.
A funeral is so much more than a way to say goodbye; it's an opportunity to celebrate the life of someone special.
Today, a funeral can be as unique as the individual who is being honored.
Even though common sense and good discretion are always the best guides to proper funeral etiquette, a few principles still apply. Here are some helpful tips.