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About how long after someone passes away is there a funeral held?

My uncle just passed away last night and my husband and I are trying to see if we will have the money to make it down there for the funeral. So im just wondering If more then likely I at least have till Friday to come up with the money. I have only been to two funerals but it was a while ago so does any one know how long after someone passes that they have there funeral?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:09 PM on Feb. 8, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • normally within a week, sometimes it is put off for two weeks. if there is to be a viewing it is going to be within a week.

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 12:10 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • It's different for every family.
    My Husband's Grandpa passed away on January 20th and they had a funeral for him on the 25th.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:10 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • It seems like it is usually about 4-5 days unless the family members making the arrangements know that there are people traveling from out of state then it can be held off.

    Answer by Juggalette0327 at 12:12 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Open casket? It happens quickly.
    Cremation? Could be when ever they plan it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:18 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • As everyone else said, 4 to 5 days, sometimes even 3 days. Our neighbor's husband passed away and they didn't have the funeral for a month. They had to file papers and get approved by the state to wait that long to burry his body. He died a few days before Christmas and didn't want to have the funeral at the same time as Christmas.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:18 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Within a week is usually the standard amount of time. Sometimes the funeral may be held up to 2 weeks later but that is in special circumstances (such as the person passed away in a different state and had to be transferred back to the home state). If the person that passed away had already made their funeral arrangments prior to their death then the funeral could be sooner than the usual 4-5 days.

    Answer by momof2il at 12:20 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • usually within a week

    Answer by jcsmummy at 12:39 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • It costs money to wait. They charge you storage fees (dont think that is what they call it though). So they usually have them as quickly as they can get everyone together. Once a family member of my husband's family died & we asked them if they could wait an extra day because he was having a hard time getting off work & they couldnt do it because it would have costed them more.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • OP..... Ok has any one heard of what happens if the family does not have money for the funeral? Do they just burry the person and not alloud any one to say there good byes or what?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • If it's an expected death, the funeral is usually 3 to 5 days after the death. If it's unexpected, the funeral will often be a week or more. Some are planned differently depending on the wishes of the deceased.

    Answer by MomToBeISaMom at 12:51 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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