My girlfriend of 7 years lost her daughter yesterday. She drown while vacationing. I am traveling tomorrow to Medellin and would like some information should I need to make up front decisions. The body is to arrive tomorrow. I understand embalming is not the norm in south America. usually cremation is chosen and a service held to horror the deceased. I don't think they are very religious but catholic none the less. is it normal to cremate and then rent the church for the memorial service? I am so sorry for the topic, but I need some guidance should I be pressed into action. I am hoping he elderly parents will provide some guidance but can't count on it.