Funeral and Burial arrangements

What information do you need to make funeral arrangements?

  • Full name of loved one
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation (if applicable)
  • Social security number (if one has been issued)
  • Residence/Address
  • Spouse’s maiden name (if applicable)
  • Father’s name and mother’s maiden name
  • Place of burial
  • Select a funeral home

How much will your loved one’s funeral cost?

The cost will vary based on the type of services selected when meeting with the funeral home.

What if you cannot afford a funeral or need financial assistance for your loved one’s final arrangements?

Please contact your primary social worker to discuss the availability of funeral and /or burial assistance to help you during this time. The Social Work Department can be contacted at (832) 824-1570. There are funeral homes that work with families to assist with the cost of a child’s funeral. Additionally, Harris County Community Services Department offers bereavement services for those who meet their criteria within Harris County.

What are the available methods or options for disposition?

  • Burial - The physical remains are placed in the ground of a cemetery or in a mausoleum vault above ground.
  • Cremation - The physical remains are reduced to ashes, and returned to the loved ones of the deceased in an urn or special container. For more additional information about cremation.
  • Burial and cremation costs vary and are separate from funeral costs.

What are the requirements for cremation?

A body may not be cremated immediately following death. Texas law mandates that there be a 48-hour waiting period prior to cremation. Each state has its own guidelines.

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How do you obtain a waiver for the 48-hour legal waiting period before cremation?

Texas law requires a mandatory 48-hour waiting period before cremation.  However, this can be waived in order to respect religious customs for burial as long as the death is due to natural causes. The process varies from county to county. Please make your wishes known to the medical team.  

Does your religion support cremation?

It’s recommended that you speak with your spiritual leader to assess what is acceptable by your specific faith practice. Hospital chaplains are also available to assist you with religious concerns and/or cultural issues surrounding death, burial or cremation.

Is the Texas Children’s Hospital chapel available for private memorial services and funerals?

Yes, subject to availability. Please contact the Spiritual Care Department or a staff Chaplain to reserve it ahead of time. The chapel accommodates small, intimate gatherings with seating for about 30 people. Due to its size and location, it is not possible for the casket to be present but you may bring an urn with your loved one's remains if desired.  A staff Chaplain will assist you and/or, your clergy in making arrangements.

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