|Death is still
a little-discussed subject in our culture today. Something many people
suddenly find themselves having to face, without ever having openly considered
what the death-care process is. Many funeral societies in Texas offer
pre-planning services. If you have been recently bereaved and are
faced with arranging a funeral, then US Funerals Online can help you locate
the services you require.
protect the public and legislates
the death care business in Texas.
Locating Texas Funeral Homes
and Cremation Providers
There are 1951 Funeral Homes
& cemeteries in Texas. We have organized our Texas funeral home directory
into cities and categorized by zip code order. Rather than an alphabetical
list, this enables you to find and compare Texas funeral homes in the zip
code area you require. If you live in one of the main cities in Texas,
there are quick links on the right-hand side of this page.
All funeral homes in Texas
must be licensed and the Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC) serves
What to do when a death occurs
It can be very daunting know
what to do first when a death occurs. When a death occurs in Texas,
the determination of death must be made by a coroner, Justice of the Peace,
or attending physician. If the deceased had a prepaid funeral plan,
or had expressed wishes, these can be implemented immediately and you will
need to locate the paperwork and contact the appropriate funeral home or
If the death is sudden and/or
the deceased had no funeral plan or life insurance, you may need to make
some rather quick decisions about how to proceed.
Understanding funeral costs
Funeral homes are required to
provide current retail price information by telephone. According to the
law, any consumer entering a funeral home and making inquiries must be
presented with a general price list (GPL). This must itemize the
costs of funeral services and the merchandise for sale from a funeral director.
We often get asked ‘what
is the cost of a funeral in Texas?’ and this is unfortunately not a straightforward
question to answer. Unlike many other trades and professions, average
service charges can vary significantly. The NFDA quote the national
average funeral cost at $7,755 (2012), however, this does not take into
account any cemetery fees. It would be fair to say that the average
traditional funeral in Texas can cost around $10,000.
In recent years there has
been a greater demand for alternative, and indeed more affordable funerals.
The interest in cremation services in Texas has increased because it offers
such a cheaper option than a traditional burial service. The cost
of a cremation in Texas can be under a $1,000, so a meaningful and affordable
funeral can be achieved for a tenth of the cost of an elaborate traditional
Texas funeral service.
Cremation services in Texas
Texas law prohibits cremating
any dead human body within 48 hours after death. A body cannot be cremated
immediately following death without a waiver, only the County Medical Examiner
or a Justice of the Peace may waive this time requirement.
After the mandatory waiting
period the cremation can be performed. The legal next of kin must
sign a cremation authorization form and a cremation permit will be issued.
Texas cremation services with
A cremation service with a memorial
is really not much different from a burial service, only the deceased is
cremated instead of buried. There are various options as to how you
can conduct a cremation funeral in Texas. You can hold a funeral
service with the deceased present prior to cremation, or conduct the cremation
and hold a memorial with the ashes present or not present.
Today we are embracing more
novel and alternative memorialization ceremonies. Life celebrations
that can even be held in locations other than places of worship.
Celebrants are leading and officiating at memorial services as well as
traditional clergy and ministers.
for between the cost of $595
and $995 (depending on where in Texas you live). In some rural areas,
a direct cremation can be much higher than this, but if you shop around
and compare cremation prices, you should be able to obtain a low cost direct
cremation in Texas.
Texas direct cremation service
providers – cremation costs & packages
Direct cremation in Texas is
growing in popularity. A direct cremation simply means that an immediate
cremation is conducted with no service, and minimal services and intervention
by a funeral home. The deceased is generally collected from the place
of death and transferred to the funeral home or crematory. After
the 48-hour waiting period passes, the deceased is cremated (most often
in a simple cardboard container) and the cremated remains are then returned
to the family.
A direct cremation in Texas
can generally be obtained
Texas Funeral legislation –
laws governing home death care, embalming & Texas casket sales
A family can bury its own dead
without using a licensed funeral director in Texas, however, a statement
of death and a death certificate are legally required. In the main, local
ordinances or deed restrictions prohibit private burials within city limits.
You must check with the State Health Department and local zoning authorities
for applicable laws.
Embalming is the use of chemicals,
internally and externally, to disinfect and temporarily preserve the body.
Texas law does not require embalming. But most carriers will require a
body to be embalmed prior to shipping. The laws of the destination country
or state will apply. Because of the rapid deterioration of a body after
death, Texas law requires that bodies held for over 24 hours or in transit
must be embalmed, refrigerated, or encased in a leak and odor proof container.
Caskets are not required
by law in Texas, however, there may be cemetery or mausoleum restrictions
regarding caskets and outer burial containers or vaults. The law does not
require a casket for cremation but some type of container such as a cardboard
box or canvas pouch is usually required by the crematory.
Donating your body to science
in Texas – or ‘no cost’ cremation
You may choose to make an anatomical
donation to a medical or research institution within the state of Texas.
Most major medical colleges do accept body donation. You will also
find that there are companies in the U.S. who manage whole body donation
programs and offer a ‘no cost’ cremation in Texas.
Hispanic Funerals in Texas
Texas has one of the highest
concentrations of Hispanic population, mainly immigrants from Mexico.
Although many Hispanics and Latinos choose to repatriate remains, the rapidly
growing Hispanic-American population also chooses Texas as their final
resting place. Therefore there are a number of dedicated Hispanic
funeral homes in Texas.
Texas funeral home reviews and
Our online review-based consumer
culture has reached the funeral business, and now you can review and compare
funeral homes in Texas online. Directory sites often include local
business reviews and this can help you to learn about a funeral or cremation
provider. As with reviewing any service or product, some common sense
and integrity must be employed.
If you have a complaint against
a funeral director or a funeral establishment you should attempt to resolve
your complaint directly with the funeral home concerned. If you do
not manage to reach a satisfactory resolution, then you can contact the
Texas Funeral Service Commission. A formal complaint against a funeral
establishment must be put in writing to them, and include copies of all
documentation from the funeral home.
Texas Funeral Service Commission
P.O. Box 12217
Austin Texas 78711
This overview of arranging
a funeral or cremation in Texas has hopefully answered some of your questions.
Please use our funeral resource library to access further articles to assist
you with arranging a funeral.
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
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Last Revised: 02/05/2014
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