Frequently Asked Questions
At Thrash Funeral Chapel we realize you are in a time of need and the loss of a loved one can leave you feeling lost. You may feel as if you have numerous questions with no answers. It is our commitment to you to ensure that the decisions you are making for yourself or for others are educated choices and that all questions have been fulfilled. This page was created to do exactly that! It will provide solutions to some of your questions. If you have further questions, we invite you to contact us at 214-222-7800. Thank you for your interest in Thrash Funeral Chapel. We look forward to making your memories beautiful!
What are the legal requirements when a death occurs?
What do I do when a death occurs?
What do I need to file a certificate of death?
What type of pre-planning can I do to help my family?
Can my family be buried on their own property?
Is there any law against immediate cremation?
What can be done with cremated remains?
What is embalming?
What must I know about funeral costs?
What should I know about cremation?
What should I know about prepaid funeral contracts?
Is the funeral insurance plan I purchased transferable?
Q. What are the legal requirements when a death occurs?
A. There are a few things which must happen legally at the time of death.
If the death was unattended, local law enforcement agencies must be contacted.
A time and determination of death must be pronounced by a Coroner, Justice of the Peace or attending Physician.
When a death occurs out of state or even out of the country, it is suggested that a funeral director in the area be contacted. This person should be aware of the requirements that must be met if a body is to be shipped to another location.
One should also be aware of the legal ramifications and limitations regarding solicitation by a funeral director at or near the time of death. (Solicitation means any direct or indirect contact with the family, next of kin, or one who has custody of a person who is deceased or near death for the purpose of securing rights to provide funeral services or merchandise for the deceased or person near death.)
Q. What do I do when a death occurs?
Locate deceased's letter of direction, prepaid funeral contract,
insurance policy and/or will.
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Q. What do I need to file a certificate of death?
A. Below you find a list of articles you must have upon filing a death certificate.
Full Name of Deceased
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Social Security Number
Spouse's Name (maiden name)
Father's Name, Mother's Maiden Name
Place of Burial or Disposition
Discharge Papers (if veteran)
Q. What type of pre-planning can I do to help my family?
A. At Thrash Funeral Chapel, we provide a complete pre-planning service that will remove some of the stress of planning when you need it the most. Feel free to read our
and if you have any questions or would like to make pre-planned arrangements, contact Thrash Funeral Chapel at 214-222-7800.
Q. Can my family be buried on their own property?
A. In able to bury your family on private property you
have a statement of death and a death certificate. You must also check with local authorities and ordinances which prohibit private property burials.
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Q. Is there any law against immediate cremation?
A. Yes. According to Texas law, unless a waiver has been signed by the County Medical Examiner's office or the Justice of the Peace, you must wait a minimum of 48 hours after death before cremating a body.
Q. What can be done with cremated remains?
A. Cremated remains may be disposed of or kept in a number of ways:
Interred in a cemetery
Placed in a niche in a columbarium
Kept by the family in their home
Q. What is embalming?
A. Embalming is the use of chemicals, internally and externally to disinfect and temporarily preserve the body. The state of Texas does not require embalming. However, Texas law also states that bodies which are held for more than 24 hours or in transit must be embalmed, refrigerated or encased in a leak and odor proof container.
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Q. What must I know about funeral costs?
A. By law, funeral homes are required to provide up to date information regarding retail pricing via telephone. In addition, any consumer who enters a funeral home must also have access and be presented with a general price list of services. This price must be itemized and available at all times. These price lists must specify prices for the following services and merchandise.
Forwarding and receiving remains to and from another funeral home and also a list of prices for the stated services.
The price range for direct cremation.
The price range for immediate burials.
Other preparation of the body
Use of facilities and staff for viewing, funeral ceremony, memorial service, and/or graveside service.
Outer burial containers, such as vaults, grave liners, and boxes. These outer enclosures are not required by law, but may be required by the cemetery.
Additional information that must be included in the general price list are the following:
The name, address and telephone number of the funeral home.
The effective date of the price list.
There should also be a notice stating: "You may choose only the items you desire. If you are charged for items that you did not specifically request, we will explain the reason for the charges on the written memorandum. (Please take notice that there may be charges for items such as cemetery, fees, flowers and newspaper notices.)
Once all your paperwork has been complete and your funeral arrangements have been made, you must be given a funeral purchase agreement that is signed by the funeral director who assisted you. This agreement must include the items you selected from the general price list and the cost of each of them. The price of each casket must be stated and will vary depending on their type. Caskets are not required by law. However, many cemeteries and mausoleums may have their own restrictions you should be aware of.
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Q. What should I know about cremation?
A. According to Texas law, you must have a cremation container. This container should be rigid for easy handling and made of combustible materials to be used in all cremations. Embalming and a casket are not required for cremation.
Q. What should I know about prepaid funeral contracts?
A. Prepaid funeral contracts are governed by
Chapter 154 of the Texas Finance Code
and are also under the jurisdiction of The Texas Department of Banking. Such contracts are being marketed extensively and offer the opportunity to permit a person to fully consider his or her needs and wishes, and also control the cost and nature of funeral services desired. These contracts vary in terms and coverage and should always be carefully reviewed before execution. At Thrash Funeral Chapel, we have made a legacy out of professional preparation for the future. You can always rest confidently that we have your best interests at heart. We will make every effort to ensure no detail gets left and that you have the opportunity to spend your last moments with your loved ones in the fashion you desire. If you have any questions regarding our pre-planning service please contact us 214-222-7800.
Q. Is the funeral insurance plan I purchased transferable?
A. Absolutely! The insurance policy you purchased is owned by the insured; therefore may be transferred to any other funeral service provider nationwide.
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Though we realize you probably still have many unanswered questions, we hope this page has provided you with the comfort you may need as you continue to have questions arise. We encourage you to contact us at your convenience. We can be reached at 214-222-7800. Each of us at Thrash Funeral Chapel are always here for you when you need us the most. Thank you for your interest in Thrash Funeral Chapel.
We are pleased to offer our services to you and your family.
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