A family can still have a traditional funeral service, (viewing the night before with a service in the funeral home or church), and choose cremation instead of earth burial for the final disposition of the body. Another choice would be a night of viewing only, followed by cremation. Both of these arrangements would require embalming. The simplest and most straightforward approach would be direct cremation, which does not include embalming, any viewing, rites, or ceremonies. Most families will arrange for a memorial service after the cremation has taken place. We can help you with these arrangements. Texas law prohibits cremating any dead human body within 48 hours after death, unless waived by a county medical examiner or justice of the peace. Cremated remains may be disposed of or kept in a number of ways. They may be privately scattered, interred in a cemetery, placed in a niche in a columbarium, or kept by the family in their home.
Our charge for a direct cremation without attendant, rites, or ceremonies includes removal of remains, local transportation to the crematory, necessary services of staff, and authorizations. If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you can use an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without outside coverings). The containers we provide are cardboard containers with wood bottoms.
If you are interested in cremation, please call or email us. We will be happy to talk with you or send you pricing information explaining the various ways cremation can be incorporated into the funeral service.