Planning a service for a deceased loved one can be a somber experience, and even a bit confusing if you're loved one has been cremated. Here are a few things to consider that should help make the planning process a little easier:
Should You Plan a Funeral or a Memorial?
The body of the deceased is typically present at a funeral, but it's not a requirement, so you'll have to consider whether a funeral is something your friends and family will appreciate without a body present.
If you have a child who has died as a result of his or her membership in a gang, you may feel a lot of difficult emotions as you work on plans for the funeral. It's likely that many gang members will want to attend the service, and you may feel resistant about this idea because you blame the child's gang affiliation for his or her death. As you move forward through these uncharted waters, it's valuable to confer with your funeral director for guidance.