Did You Know??
Cremation is a final act and in Texas
there is a mandatory 48 hour waiting
period before cremation is allowed.
When a death is not suspicious
(hospital, hospice, under doctors
care) the funeral home can obtain a
judge's waiver (permission slip) from
a JP to allow cremation before the 48
hr. time period.
Once we have the JP waiver or the
48 hr. time period is up, we go to the
city for a Burial Transit Permit (the
city's permission to cremate). Once
we have all the paperwork filed, we
can take the body to be cremated.
We have a list of cemetery spaces for
sale in the local cemeteries. We
provide you with a list and you can
contact the seller directly.
Cremation with a Traditional Service
Cremation with a traditional funeral service allows a family to have a full
traditional funeral service followed by cremating the body instead of
burying the body. As in a traditional burial, this service includes
embalming the body, choosing a casket, either the rental casket or
another wooden casket, a private or public visitation and a church or
chapel service (if desired). After the funeral service is over, the funeral
home takes the body to the crematory to be cremated. The family is
welcome to witness the crematory personnel placing the body in the
retort if you desire. After the cremated remains have been returned to
the funeral home, they can be buried or inurned at a cemetery,
scattered (with permission), or kept at home. This is a good option for
a family who doesn't own cemetery space or those that believe in
cremation, but would like to have a traditional funeral service to honor
their loved one.
Cremation with a Memorial Service
Cremation with a memorial service is a direct cremation followed by a
service either at the funeral home, church, or other location of your
choice. This option does not typically involve embalming or visitation.
Direct cremation is simply the cremation of the body as soon as
possible. It does not include embalming, viewing or any type of service.
You do not have to purchase an urn
to keep cremated remains. You may
bury them in the crematory provided
Some, but not all, cemeteries require
an outside container for burying
cremated remains, this is called an
urn vault and is different than an urn.
Cremated remains are completely
sterile, you can not contract any
contagious disease from them.
Cremation is a final form of disposition that has rapidly grown in favor
recently. Some of the factors that have contributed to the popularity of
cremation are: overall cost, high expense of corporate owned cemetery
spaces and services, eco-consciousness and the broadened acceptance of
cremation by different religious denominations, such as the Catholic church.
Funeral Service- the body is present
Memorial Service - the body is not