Re: Memorial Service vs. Mass of Christian Burial
there is no requirement for a Mass of Christian Burial even when the body is present. Since here deacons take most of the funerals, obviously there is a funeral service, not a Mass. A memorial service takes place when the body has already been cremated or buried (usually elsewhere) and the remains are not present, and it can be a Mass, but it is not a Mass of Christian Burial and none of the specific funeral rites and blessings are done.
Whatever the Lord pleases He does, on heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Ps. 135