Guide to cremation and cremation cost in Katy, TX

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Are you looking for an affordable cremation option?  This brief guide aims to give you an overview of cremation and cremation costs in Katy.

More families are now considering cremation, and especially ‘direct cremation‘, as a simple yet dignified solution to reducing funeral costs.  If you have the immediate need for a simple cremation, call your local provider in Katy now at (713) 309-6059.

Affordable Cremation Services in Katy Texas

How much does a funeral cost in Katy, TX?

A traditional funeral can amount to thousands of dollars, depending on how expensive a casket is chosen and the cemetery plot fees.  The average cost of a funeral in Katy is $7815*.

How much does a cremation cost in Katy, TX?

Cremation costs less than a traditional burial as it is not always necessary to have a casket.  A cremation can legally be conducted using a cremation container (a reinforced cardboard box).  This saves a large expense ($1,000 – $3,000 for a casket). 

If you do wish to hold a service before the cremation, a casket may be required, although some funeral service providers will offer rental caskets for this purpose.

The average cost of a cremation service in Katy is $4,590*, although it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for $749 with an affordable cremation provider.

If you are looking for the most affordable cremation option, this would be a ‘direct cremation’.  We often refer to this as a simple cremation.  This is where no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  They simply collect the deceased, shelter him/her whilst the legal paperwork is completed, conduct the cremation, and return the cremated remains directly to the family.

Of course, the family can then choose to conduct their own memorial service as and when desired.  This can be carried out at a place of worship, home, community location or just a special place to the deceased and their family.  This can save significantly on funeral costs.

The lowest cost of a direct cremation in Katy is $749.

Why choose cremation?

Cremation has been around for centuries in some cultures.  In some countries, and indeed in some states in the US, cremation has been the preferred disposition choice for families for some years now. Now, it is becoming the preferred choice for the majority of Americans, even in once-traditional areas.

Cremation is convenient, affordable, and more environmentally friendly.  It costs approximately half, or even less than a traditional burial.  For those families who just want simplicity and ‘no-fuss’, it is proving the disposition preference. 

For families where money is a concern and they lack the funds to pay for a full funeral, it offers a much more affordable alternative.

How can I compare the cost of a cremation in Katy, TX?

It can be overwhelming trying to call around and compare cremation prices, especially if the death has already occurred or is imminent.   You can often find that not all funeral homes will answer questions about cremation prices simply!

This is why we conducted a funeral price comparison for DFS Memorials to locate a best-value funeral service provider.

cremation servicesWhat do I need to understand about cremation?

As cremation is a very final disposition of the body, there are strict laws and codes governing the cremation of human remains.  Licensed funeral homes and crematories must abide by these laws. Legally, the next of kin must sign to authorize a cremation before it can proceed.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by ALL legal next of kin.

If you are considering preplanning a cremation, you can pre-sign and authorize to relieve your family of this decision and prevent disagreements between family members.

There is generally a legal wait period after death before a cremation can proceed. In Texas, the mandatory period is a minimum of 48 hours.  That being said, it usually takes longer than this to complete arrangements and have legal documentation certified.  The funeral director has to submit to Harris County for the death certificate and obtain a permit to cremate.

All human cremations are handled in a very dignified manner, and many ID checks are made along the way.  Only one human body can ever be cremated in a retort at one time.

Is there any financial assistance for funerals in Harris County, TX?

“The deceased had no life insurance.  What do we do?”  We are asked this question so often these days.  Unfortunately, there is very little financial assistance available to just help a family struggling financially to pay for a cremation.  Harris County has a program to assist with indigent funerals, but this is only for indigents they become responsible for.

What other financial assistance may be offered by a county can vary considerably, so we would recommend you contact the Harris County Assistance Office at the address below:
8410 Lantern Point Dr, Houston, TX 77054 Phone: 713-578-2000

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.  As they will be dealing directly with the county coroner it does expedite the process for the legal documentation.

Hopefully, you now know how to arrange a simple cremation for an affordable price with a reputable, local funeral home in Katy.  You understand the importance of comparing cremation costs, as not all cremation providers charge the same for a cremation service.

If you have any further questions, please call your local DFS Memorials provider at (713) 309-6059, and they will be happy to assist you.

Sara Marsden

I have been researching and writing about the death care industry for the last ten years. End of life services and experiences are something most of us choose not to reflect upon until we are suddenly faced with dealing with it. I have been contributing comprehensive and independent resources for families that explain how the funeral industry operates, and the laws that govern funeral practices. Sara writes for US Funerals Online and DFS Memorials LLC, as well as contributing to other forums and publications for the death care industry. I have a BA in Cultural Studies. This helps my analysis of cultural death care rituals, alongside a career background in Business Management. The death care industry is undergoing an epoch of change and this fascinates me.

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