My several searches have yielded absolutely no information, so I would like to know if anyone can tell me how realistic that the following scenario is:
Adult character is killed in a car accident on a Friday evening, somewhere in the vicinity of 5-5:30pm. His family finds out later that night that the person who was at fault had been drunk. Dead man will be cremated, and the service for him is on Sunday. He is to be cremated in his 'armed services' uniform, but it is never said which branch of the military (US). Before the service is over, his son will slip a piece of paper in to his pocket, just a simple note to his father.
So here are my questions:
1.) Is it possible for the family to know by 10-11pm that night that the man who was killed was sober and the other driver was drunk? If not, what is THE soonest that they could possibly find out?
2.) The span of time between his death and the funeral service. Is it at all logical for someone to die Friday and have a funeral Sunday? Assuming there is no huge investigation and it is obvious what happened: drunk driver killed him, end of story. I know funerals usually can't wait *too* long, but I am not sure if ~2 days is impossibly soon, early but still possible, or just fine. It would really work if I can have it take place on Sunday. With the number of funerals I have been part of, I am disappointed in myself for not really knowing the answer to this.
3.) Cremation rules: Would the military uniform and paper note be allowed? These aren't vital, although I would really like to include the note. The uniform is not completely necessary, although it would simply add some descriptive qualities to the scene.
4.) How many days after the service would the family be able to pick up the man's remains? I have no plans for this as of yet, and although I would like it to happen as soon after the funeral as possible, whatever is realistic will work for me.
*phew* That's about it. Thank you all very much.