What is cremation?
The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) defines cremation as the dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments. Cremation also includes processing and pulverization of the bone fragments into pieces that are usually no more than one-eighth inch.
What is the cremation process?
The deceased is placed inside the cremator and is carefully monitored until the cremation is complete. The overall process takes between two to five hours depending on the body size and the heat in the chamber. When cremation is complete the bone fragments that remain, now called cremated remains, will be carefully gathered and sent through a processor machine to reduce the fragments to less than 1/8″ in size. The cremated remains are then transferred into the container the family selected and returned respectfully to the family.
Is embalming required?
Typically, embalming is used when the body is going to be openly viewed during a funeral. Otherwise, refrigeration is used to slow down the body decomposition until the cremation takes place.
What do the ashes look like?
The ashes are grey and white in color and may vary in different shades from person to person.
When death occurs, what should I do?
Who can authorize the cremation?
The legal next of kin or designated agent (if signed and acknowledged by such person prior to death) can authorize the cremation. In cases where there are multiple next of kin, all such persons must approve the cremation.
Do I need to come to your facility to finalize the paperwork and pay?
No. To help keep our costs so affordable, you must complete the required forms and payment online at ATXcremation.com.
Do I have the option to view the body after it has been removed from the place of death?
Secure online viewing of the body for identification purposes is included in the package costs. Customers also have the option to view the body in person for an additional fee of $250 with the purchase of the signature cremation package. There may be special considerations that apply regarding scheduling.
Where does the cremation take place?
All cremations are performed at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, Texas, a licensed crematory. Harrell is a very reputable, long standing funeral and cremation provider in Austin and has many certified crematory operators with decades of experience.
Can I witness the cremation?
Absolutely. An additional fee of $100 will apply from the Funeral Home General Price List and can be applied to either cremation package.
How long does it take to complete the cremation and get the cremains back?
Our goal is to complete the cremation as quickly as possible; however, the process is dependent on receiving a cremation permit and signatures from the doctor, justice of the peace, and medical examiner as they are responsible for signing the death certificate. Once authorization is complete, the cremation will be performed within 72 hours for the Simple Cremation package and within 24 hours for the Signature Cremation package.
When can we have a memorial service?
One of the benefits of cremation is that you can plan a memorial service at your convenience. You are not required to rush through the process, which is so common with a traditional burial. If you desire to have a memorial service, you may visit with Harrell Funeral Home about upgrading to a memorial cremation package that meets your needs.
How do I place an obituary in the newspaper?
ATX Cremation has a comprehensive interactive online obituary center. Families can post the obituary of their loved one online, and friends can share a message with the family, share the obituary on social media, or send flowers. ATX Cremation will post a free obituary for all families on our website. If you would like to have help writing or publishing an obituary in the newspaper, the Signature Cremation package includes this service in the cost. There will be an additional publication cost from the newspaper for this service. ATX Cremation will also publish the name and death date of all deceased customers in the Austin American Statesman as well.
Where do I get certified copies of the deceased’s death certificate?
We give you the first certified copy in our cremation package. The charge is $4 for each additional.
Is there anything else I will be required to buy?
No! There are no hidden fees in our packages.
Can I pre-pay for your services?
Texas law does not allow pre-payment for funeral/cremation services unless funding is through a funeral insurance plan or trust with a funeral home. However, we encourage you to pre-register your information and requests so that you or your loved one’s wishes can be more easily carried out. Payment can be made once the death occurs. If you must pre-pay, please call Harrell Funeral Homes at (512) 443-1366 and the standard cremation charges will apply from the Funeral Home general price list.
What is your service area?
We service the entire Austin Area including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties, with no additional mileage fees.