Welcome to the blog of Affordable Burial & Cremation Service. We hope to provide you with information pertinent to cremation and funeral planning. We will mix in a little humor from time to time because, well, it’s sometimes good to laugh.
So, How Did We Get Here?
In 1986 I entered the funeral business fresh out of high school, I was attending classes at St. Edward’s University in Austin and decided a career in the funeral industry was for me. After serving my apprenticeship at one of the premier funeral homes in Austin, I entered the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. After I graduated in 1989 I returned to Austin, passed my state board exams and was awarded my funeral director’s license in March 1989. I was promptly told by my manager that “I would never wait on a family until I was grey-headed or bald,” so I decided to leave the funeral home and go out on my own. In 1992 I opened a temporary service for funeral homes and provided removal, preparation and transportation services for funeral homes across the United States, when a need arose in Austin. I learned much from that experience, most importantly that the funeral process was antiquated and costly. In mid-1997 I founded the first affordable funeral company in Austin and by 1999 my company was receiving accolades from national publications for making funerals and cremations affordable for the public. In 2002, I sold the company to a corporation. After a few years I realized I had made a mistake and I purchased a small funeral home in 2012, establishing Affordable Burial & Cremation Service. Today we have two locations – Austin and Killeen – and a crematory located in our Austin funeral home. Our business is focused on core values taught to me by my grandparents and parents- Be Honest, Be Trustworthy, Be Ethical, Offer a Fair Price and Serve.
My grandparents owned a grocery store in this city for 67 years. The store is long gone today, but I still have many people who mention my grandparents and parents and remember that ‘little rock store’ in East Austin. I am grateful to be able to provide the services we do. If we have served your family in the past, THANK YOU. If we have not had the privilege to serve your family, we are here at any hour to care for you. I am proud to be a native Austinite and proud that my family has dedicated themselves for over four generations to serve this community.
I look forward to sharing with you some insights about funeral and cremation planning – the good and the bad.
So stay tuned and I hope you enjoy and learn.