Often I am asked about the amount of time it takes to cremate someone and the permitting process. What you may not understand is that Texas law requires the crematory to ensure that all documents are in order and that proper authorizations and permits are issued before a body can be cremated.
So WHY? didn’t the funeral home director tell me this… Simple. Your funeral director is not a Certified Crematory Operator, nor does your funeral director know how a crematory operates. Many funeral homes are simply a middleman charging you thousands of dollars for cremation and then is sending your loved one off to a cremation facility that is owned by a third-party or in a distant city with no oversight from the funeral home you sent your loved one to.
We also get asked about cheap cremation companies who advertise low prices for cremation. The simple answer to this is, there is a difference in cheap cremation and affordable cremation. Cheap cremations places often use a low price to entice you into their firm, once they have the body of your loved one, they start adding on fees upon fees. Affordable cremation companies will offer you simple pricing that is up front and with no hidden fees or charges. Cheap cremation companies will load as many bodies as possible into a van and transport them to a cremation facility to save cost. Affordable Cremation companies will offer you more options and opportunities to see your loved one before they are cremated.
Some other funeral homes will cut corners to get cremation permits before a signed death certificate, all in the name of saving time or saving grief for your family. There is no saving grief when your loved one has been cremated and a doctor refuses to sign the death certificate and now there is no body for a Medical Examiner or Justice of the Peace to examine.
How do I know I am dealing with a Cremation Company and not a funeral home?
1. Ask if the company owns their own crematory?
2. Is my loved one taken from one place to another for cremation without us knowing?
3. Are you a licensed Crematory? What is the name of the Crematory? Where is the Crematory located?
4. Are you a Certified Crematory Operator?
5. Does the Crematory take steps to ensure they get all the remains back?
Here are my firms answers to your questions above….
1. We own our own crematory
2. All cremations take place at our Austin location.
3. We are fully licensed by the Texas Funeral Service Commission, Cremation Service Austin 13009 Dessau Rd. Ste.M Austin, TX 78754
4. I have been a Certified Crematory Operator since 2005 and we have two other Certified Crematory Operators on Staff
5. We are the only crematory in the State of Texas to use the Cleansweep™ cremation system. Cleansweep™ is an unique air-broom system used to collect the cremated remains that the traditional brush system cannot. Cleansweep™ is not a vacuum so there are no filters for remains to get trapped in and utilizes pressurized air to collect the cremated remains. No other crematory in Texas does more to ensure we have a clean cremation chamber for each cremation.
As you can see… There is a Difference in cheap cremation companies and affordable cremation companies.
We are proud to be an Affordable Cremation Company.