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With cremation, you can have a public or private visitation prior to the cremation.  You might also hold a memorial service at a religious institution or at the cremation provider’s facility, and whether you use the remains after cremation is your choice.  This service can be delayed indefinitely, which gives friends and family members the time to accommodate this change in their own lives.  Sometimes, churches and retirement communities handle these situations without any assistance from the cremation service provider.  Other options include graveside services at the cemetery or, for very personal situations, a scattering ceremony. Call Aria at 1-800-238-2742 to speak with a highly trained professional about planning and customizing a memorial service for your loved one.

This type of service can happen.  In this case, the deceased individual is embalmed and put into a ceremonial casket.  The full funeral can be held, and you don’t have to deal with the additional expense of purchasing a vault or casket.

The remains are presented to your family after they are placed in the urn of your choosing. Cremated remains fill the equivalent space as that of a large dictionary, or a 6x6x6-inch box. If your family does not choose an urn the remains will be returned in a simple black box. This container is temporary and is not recommended for permanent storage of the remains.

Legally speaking, the State of Texas never requires embalming.  This practice is only used when a public viewing is held, or if a funeral service is held with the body present.

This is actually done at the discretion of the family.  Some families choose to have their loved one cremated with special clothing, such as a military uniform or scholastic robe.

Prior to cremation, medical devices are separated from your loved one’s body, as they have the risk of exploding.  Large fragments of metal are removed from your loved one’s ashes after cremation.  These items are discarded.

You do need to call a funeral home.  You can call Aria at 1-800-238-2742, and we will handle all of the details.  We also have a secure server that you can login to so you can arrange the details of your loved one’s cremation from the comfort of your own home.  You only have to leave your home if you choose a memorial or funeral service.  We’ve spent months of time researching and customizing this process to be as easy for you as is possible.

We place the deceased individual in a combustible alternative container.  He or she is kept in refrigerated storage until the time for cremation comes.  After cremation, the remains go through a pulverization process and are placed in the appropriate storage container.  We offer a number of different urns and keepsakes to give your loved one the honor and respect he or she deserves.  The cremated remains can be delivered directly to your home, or they can be received at the funeral home

After important statistical data is received from the family, a death certificate is signed and certified by the attending physician.  After the document is signed, the medical examiner reviews the document, and then a cremation permit is issued.  Both the cremation permit and the signed death certificate are presented to the local registrar, who then issues a burial transit permit.  It typically takes 7 days or more to complete the entire process.

  • The deceased individual, who can issue such authorization through a will or written instrument they sign and acknowledge
  • Any individual identified in an “Appointment of Agent of Remains” form that is also signed by the deceased person
  • The surviving spouse of the deceased individual
  • Surviving adult children of the deceased person
  • The surviving parents of the deceased person
  • The decedent’s surviving adult siblings
  • Any adult who is in the next degree of kinship to be named by law to inherit the estate of the deceased individual

Yes, it requires the following documents:

    • The next of kin must sign an “Authorization for Cremation” form
    • Attending physician signs the death certificate
    • The medical examiner must sign a “Cremation Permit”
    • A local registrar signs the “Burial Transit Permit”

Our staff will assist you in obtaining any required Certified Copies of Death Certificates. Death Certificates are available through the Vital Statistics office of the county in which the death occurred. The original death certificate form originates in our office and is then sent to the certifying physician for completion. As soon as the death certificate is certified by the physician and approved by the Medical Examiner, it is delivered to the local Vital Statistics office where it is officially filed. After it is filed, the Vital Statistics office will provided certified copies of the death certificate. The state of Texas charges a $21 fee for the first certified death certificate and $4 for each additional certified death certificate. Normally, the certified copies that you request will be sent directly to ARIA from the Vital Statistics office and ARIA will release them to you.

Cremation does cost 20% less than the typical burial, but many surveys have shown people are choosing cremation services for other reasons, such as:

  • The simplicity and dignity of the services
  • Environmental factors
  • Flexibility offered when it comes to planning the ceremony and the disposition of the remains

In some areas of the United States, cremations account for about 33% of all funeral arrangements.  Cremation has been occurring since the inception of civilization, and our modern approach simply reflects a societal trend toward the simplicity and dignity of cremation.

We will send the initial death notification to Social Security. When a death occurs, Social Security must be notified. We will send the initial notification of death to the local SSA office (SSA Form 721) to inform them of the death. We then encourage the family to call Social Security at their earliest convenience to determine if benefits will need to be returned to Social Security and if the survivor qualifies for any Survivor Benefits from Social Security. For more information on this subject, you may wish to visit the Social Security Administration website.


Gail R.
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"I worked with Wayne Baxter on arrangements for my Mom. When I called to let him know she passed, he was extremely supportive and responsive. There are a few people who helped me during this heartbreaking time and I’m pleased to say Wayne was one of them."
Emily S.
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"Several years ago I needed to make pre-arrangements for my elderly mother, and she recently passed away. From the time I initially met with Wayne Baxter, I was VERY impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, compassion, and follow-through during all phases. He has always been available for questions and he responded quickly. He also took care of all of the necessary paperwork after she passed, which was very helpful to me and my family. I highly recommend this business and Wayne Baxter in particular!"
Kashmir H.
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"Thank you to everyone at North Texas Funeral and Cremations for being there for me and my family. Wayne Baxter was a pleasure to work with through the entire process and the team took great lengths to take care of my father from beginning to end. I highly recommend this place if you are ever in need of service."
Cliff J.
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"North Texas Funerals and Cremation was highly professional, flexible and compassionate in there service to me and my family. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of funeral and/or cremation services."
Syra R.
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"They were accommodating to all the special requests my mom had wanted for her funeral. They were respectful and kind. I’m glad I chose them."

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  1. When a Death has occurred please call us to make arrangements and to have one of our care team members assist you and your family immediately.

    Toll-free: 1-800-361-1220
    Local: 972-522-7887

  2. Click here to Download the Cremation Forms.
  3. Have the cremation authorization form notarized
  4. Fax the forms back to us at:
    • 972-406-1480

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