It is not always possible or desirable to dispose of the remains of the deceased and commemorate his or her life simultaneously. For instance, all family members and friends of the deceased may not be able to make it in time to attend the burial. In such cases, it is possible to have a funeral within a day or a few days of the death. Then, at a later time, a memorial service may be scheduled at a more convenient date. A memorial service may be planned when a large gathering is expected, which would not fit into the more intimate confines of the burial site. A memorial service provides an opportunity for celebration.