A recessional ends the service whether a processional took place or not. As a rule, the officiant leads the honorary pallbearers, followed by the coffin (carried or guided by the pallbearers), and then the members of the immediate family. At a memorial service, the officiant leads the family out through the same door they entered. The immediate family leaves first followed by the other relatives. It is common practice for one or more of the relatives to stop at the back of the church or outside to briefly thank those who have attended the service with perhaps a special word to close friends.
If the deceased is to be buried following the service, the site of the interment will be announced. Unless the grave site is on the grounds of worship service, a processional of cars will form to drive to the cemetery. Everyone attending is welcome to follow the family to the gravesite service unless the burial is private (that is, attended by immediate family only), but no one is obliged to attend. As the casket is lifted into the hearse, the family enters cars or limousines waiting immediately behind. The after-service protocol for a cremation or mausoleum interment is the same as that for a burial. The coffin is usually placed graveside at the cemetery, with flowers that were sent to the funeral home or house of worship placed around it. The officiant says the prayers common to the rite of burial, and a eulogy may be given as well. At the end of the service, no cortege is formed so attendees may leave as they wish.