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Before you can even begin planning a funeral, you must first decide on the disposition of the body. If it is to be a cremation, what will be done with the cremains? Will they be buried or retained? If they are to be scattered, you may need to check into local laws governing such things and may need a permit. If, on the other hand, ground burial or a mausoleum crypt is to be the final resting place, then that´s where you´ll want to start your research and your planning.