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Also, for these religions the coffin is traditionally closed at the end of the wake and is not re-opened for the funeral service.(the hearse, followedby the immediate family andthen the other attendees) travelsfrom the site of the memorialservice to the burial site.The decedent's closest friends and relatives who are unable to attend frequently send flowers to the viewing, with the exception of a Jewish Funeral, where flowers would not be appropriate.
One may only go to the funeral if he or she was invited.
The viewing is either "open casket", in which the embalmed body of the deceased has been clothed and treated with cosmetics for display; or "closed casket", in which the coffin is closed.
The coffin may be closed if the body was too badly damaged because of an accident or fire, deformed from illness or if someone in the group is emotionally unable to cope with viewing the corpse.
However, this step is foreign to Judaism; Jewish funerals are held soon after death, and the corpse is never displayed.
As well, Jewish law forbids anyone to embalm the body of the deceased.(see: , usually males who are close relatives (such as cousins, nephews or grandchildren) or friends of the decedent, will carry the casket from the chapel (of a funeral home or church) to the hearse, and from the hearse to the site of the burial service.