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A Family’s Guide to Choosing Cremation

Dec 2, 2016 11:48:18 AM / by D. Life

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What Steps Are Involved in Cremation Once Death Occurs?

  1. Contact your funeral provider and arrange for them to bring your loved one into their care.
  2. Meet with your funeral director to discuss the steps and information needed to apply for state and county permits.
  3. In Texas, cremations cannot be performed until 48 hours after death. During this time your funeral director will obtain the Certificate of Death and apply for the official Permit to Cremate.
  4. Once the doctor has signed the Certificate of Death and 48 hours has passed, your funeral provider will proceed with the cremation process.

Benefits of Choosing Cremation

  • It’s more affordable than traditional burial
  • It doesn’t take up ground space
  • You can personalize memorialization
  • Easily transportable remains
  • Flexible options for planning memorialization
    1. Keep the remains in one location
    2. Split the remains among several different family members
    3. Scatter the remains (with permission if on someone’s property)
    4. Place the remains in keepsake urns, create jewelry with them, etc.

Cremation Statistics

  • In 2015, the U.S. cremation rate was 48.6%
  • By 2020, the U.S. cremation rate is expected to rise to 54.3%
  • The U.S. cremation rate has nearly doubled over the past 15 years
  • Cremation rates are rising in every region of the United States and Canada
  • There is a correlation between state cremation rates and the religiosity of a state’s residents
    • The majority of residents in the states with the highest percentage of cremations (Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Maine) are not affiliated with an organized religion
    • The majority of residents in the states with the lowest percentage of cremations (Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah) are affiliated with an organized religion
For more information, please download this infographic.

If you have additional questions or you would like to speak with one of our compassionate mobile funeral directors about arranging a cremation service, contact us today.


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