North Dakota along with the rest of the country has seen an increase in the number of people who have moved away from their families traditional religious beliefs. Many do not practice any religion on a day to day basis, but will return to their church for weddings and funerals. It's not uncommon for a person to be planning a funeral for a loved one who just passed away and for that person to request that the funeral home find them a religious leader to conduct a service. This falling away from religion has helped to increase the number of nontraditional funerals that are conducted all over the country.
Rather than having so much emphasis on the religious side of death and mourning many are choosing to celebrate the life that had been lived in a way that the deceased might have celebrated. This is where large family gatherings including meals and refreshments are often held. Most funeral homes are now offering a place for families to gather for a meal, or for beverages. If your funeral home cannot offer a space like this they can often suggest a restaurant or cafe nearby that might have the kind of space you require.