When you arrive at the funeral venue, the Funeral Director will lead the procession, followed by the coffin, the funeral officiant and the chief mourners. The coffin is placed in position and the chief mourners normally take their places in the front seats.
At church funeral the congregation is typically already seated as the procession enters. At others the congregations tend to file in after the chief mourners and take their seats as directed by the funeral director.
If the funeral is a cremation, the coffin normally disappears from view as the officiant says the committal, often time accompanied by music. The chief mourners will then leave followed by the rest of the congregation. Sometimes, a plate is left by the door for any donations.
If the funeral is a burial, the family mourners follow the coffin and the officiant out of the church or chapel to the final burial place. The congregation stand around the graveside, the coffin i lowered into the grave and the officiant says the prayers of committal. Sometimes the mourners sprinkle easth over the coffin.
There are many variations of course; sometimes the funeral consists only of a graveside ceremony, while at other funerals the coffin is already in place when the mourners arrive. The service can very short and simple or in the case of a Christian funeral could incorporate a mass.