Jessica, I hope you return here so you see this answer, and that you don’t think you sent an email directly to us that we can answer. Since this is a public comment from you, we don’t have your email address so cannot contact you directly. In general, you’re right that the closest next-of-kin has the right to make funeral arrangements. However, there could be other circumstances, such as a legal document that named someone else to be in charge of the funeral. I don’t know the details of your family situation enough to give you more specific advice.