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The Best Funeral Services in Houston TX Are the Ones Verified As Safe To Spend With


Funeral services in Houston TX bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the funeral homes that have exceeded the minimum Texas regulatory requirements. They are the funeral services proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for reliability, professionalism, and value, that carry liability insurance as protection for you the client, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them for funeral services in Houston TX, including cremation services, cemeteries, memorial services, funeral homes, mortuaries, interment, pre-need funeral planning, and more.

  

Updated October 5, 2017

 The TOP 10 Funeral Homes and Funeral Services in Houston TX

Lockwood Funeral Home Inc
(713) 633-1421
9402 Lockwood Dr
Houston, TX 77016

Areas Served: Houston TX,Harris County TX,Bridgeland Community TX,Pasadena Texas,Cypress TX,Alief
Services: funeral home, funeral services, funeral directors, cremation care, funeral pre-needs

Earthman Funeral Directors
(713) 667-6505
6700 Ferris Dr
Bellaire, TX 77401

Areas Served: Harris County,Bridgeland Community TX,Houston TX,Channelview TX,Pasadena Texas
Services: funeral providers, cremation services, memorial services

Woodlawn Funeral Home
(713) 682-3663
1101 Antoine Dr
Houston, TX 77055

Areas Served: Harris County Texas,Houston Texas,Pasadena TX,Alief TX,Cypress TX,Baytown TX,Spring
Services: funeral services, memorial services,funeral planners,cremation services

Sunset Funeral Home
(713) 673-3700
4337 Liberty Rd
Houston, TX 77026

Areas Served: Houston TX,Pasadena Texas,Harris County TX,Baytown TX,Spring TX,Bridgeland Community
Services: funeral directors for memorial services, cremation,pre-need funeral arrangements

Santana Funeral Directors
(281) 838-4000
6505 Decker Dr
Baytown, TX 77520

Areas Served: Baytown TX,Harris County,Channelview TX,Pasadena TX,La Porte TX,Deer Park,Houston TX
Services: local funeral services, pre-need funeral sales incl. headstones, caskets,plots

Paradise Funeral Home
(281) 445-1201
10401 W Montgomery Rd
Houston, TX 77088

Areas Served: Atascocita TX,Harris County,Baytown TX,Pasadena TX,Cypress TX,Houston TX,Spring TX
Services: funeral providers & funeral pre-need sales incl caskets,headstones,cemetary plots

Ross Mortuary
(713) 223-8071
3618 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX 77020

Areas Served: Houston TX,Harris County,Atascocita TX,Baytown TX,Cypress TX,Alief TX,Pasadena Texas
Services: funeral home, memorial services

Sterling-White Funeral Home
(281) 426-3555
11011 FM 2100 Rd
Highlands, TX 77562

Areas Served: Houston Texas,Pasadena TX,Harris County,Cypress TX,Atascocita TX,Alief,Baytown TX
Services: local funeral home & funeral directors for services incl. cremation,memorial services

The Best Funeral Services in Houston TX Are the Ones Verified As Safe To Spend With 



The state of Texas requires funeral services in Houston TX to be licensed by the TFSC (Texas Funeral Service Commission), including funeral directors and cremation services, which requires education in mortuary science, and passing an exam

But the state license for funeral homes and cremation services is no guarantee that any particular funeral service in Houston TX is doing business ethically, providing real value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it all the more significant that all funeral homes and other funeral services in Houston TX that bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified state license, liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.



Funeral Homes in Houston TX Perform a Variety of Services
There is much to consider when choosing between funeral homes in Houston TX including for funeral services, memorial services, interment, and cremation in Houston TX Depending on how large or small of a service you are seeking, the choices and prices can vary widely. Planning a funeral or memorial service requires coordinating myriad services, filling out paperwork, contacting friends and family, scheduling, gathering of relevant and necessary documents and more, all while in the process of grieving.

To avoid having to make difficult decisions during a time of great stress and emotion, many are now pre-planning memorial services. Some funeral homes in Houston TX offer discounts or locked-in prices for making and paying for funeral arrangements ahead of time. Should you choose this, it's a good idea to review your decisions every few years and revise them accordingly.

Rules for Funerals in Houston TX
While most funeral directors and/or funeral providers have the best interests of their clients in mind, others inflate prices or push unwanted services on their clients during their time of need. There is a federal law, known as the funeral rule, that helps prevent this. Among other things, the funeral rule states that:

• You have the right to choose the funeral goods and services you want (with some exceptions).


• Funeral providers in Houston must state this in writing on the general price list.

• If state or local law requires you to buy any particular item, funeral homes must disclose this on the price list, with a reference to the specific law.

• Federal law requires funeral establishments to quote prices over the phone and to give you a General Price List (GPL) and a Casket Price List (CPL) when you ask in person about arrangements and prices.

• Funeral establishments are legally required to give you an itemized statement of your choices in funeral arrangement, including estimates for costs that are unknown at the time. The statement must also show charges for outside vendors arranged by the funeral provider such as music, flowers, newspaper notices, fees to clergy, etc


• Funeral providers may not refuse to handle a casket you built or bought elsewhere or charge fees to do so.

• The law does not require the purchase of a casket before cremation. Funeral providers that offer cremations must make a combustible cremation container available.

• Funeral providers may not provide embalming services without permission.

• Funeral providers may not falsely state that embalming is required by law.

• Funeral providers must disclose in writing that embalming is not required by law, except in certain, special cases.

• Funeral homes in Houston may not charge a fee for unauthorized embalming unless embalming is required by state law.

• Funeral providers must disclose in writing that you usually have the right to choose a disposition, such as direct cremation or immediate burial, that does not require embalming if you do not want this service.

• Funeral homes in Houston must disclose in writing that some funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing, may make embalming a practical necessity and, if so, a required purchase.

• Funeral providers in Houston must not tell you that state or local law requires a casket for direct cremations, because none do.

• Funeral homes must disclose in writing your right to buy an unfinished wood box or an alternative container for a direct cremation.

• Retail casket sellers are not allowed to arrange funerals or cremations or perform any other functions requiring a license as a funeral establishment.

• Virginia state or local law does not require you to buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink in. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.


Some Funeral Services in Houston TX Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these funeral homes in Houston TX: Lockwood Funeral Home Inc, Ross Mortuary, Sunset Funeral Home, Woodlawn Funeral Home, Paradise Funeral Home, Earthman Funeral Directors, Santana Funeral Directors, Sterling-White Funeral Home. Other funeral homes and funeral providers in Houston TX that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

Ask These Questions of Funeral Homes in Houston TX 


Ask these questions of cremation services or funeral homes in Houston TX regarding their range of services, prices, and procedures.

Know What You're Looking for from Funeral Homes in Houston TX
Hopefully, when you find yourself needing the services of a funeral home, you will have some idea of what you are looking for. Do you want the funeral home to handle paperwork and other arrangements? Do you want an expensive casket or something budget-concious? Do you want burial or cremations? Some funeral homes specialize in different aspects of funeral services. Some offer alternative choices such as scattering the remains in unique places or ways. Some offer "green" funerals in which the remains are not embalmed and are buried in caskets that biodegrade quickly. 

Use the list of questions below to help narrow your search.

• How long have the funeral directors been in the funeral home / undertaking business?

• What are the funeral homes' fees, broken down by individual services?

• Can the funeral homes provide forms for a newspaper obituary?

• Can the funeral homes provide a viewing without embalming?

• Do the funeral homes provide funeral services such as flowers, clergy, music, catering, etc.?

• What are your options at the funeral homes regarding cremation, burial and final disposition?

• If the body is donated to science, will the funeral homes still provide funeral services?

• Who does the embalming at the mortuary?

• How long after death is embalming necessary and can the funeral homes guarantee they'll be available?

• Is an obituary in the newspaper required?

• What are your options regarding time of service at each of the funeral homes and mortuaries?

• Do the funeral directors have suggestions for personalizing the funeral services?

• Can the funeral homes help with social security or veteran's death benefits?

• Will the funeral homes allow you to maike payment installments to pay for the funeral services?

 
It's very important that you work with a funeral home that you feel you can trust and makes you feel comfortable. Consider your first impression, beginning with the first phone call. Was your initial impression that you were dealing with competent professionals?  Did you feel respected and accommodated?   If you were offered a consultation, did you feel at-ease with the funeral director/provider?  Were you able to speak freely with him or her?


First Impression of Funeral Homes
Good funeral providers will listen carefully to what you're saying and will ask relevant questions. If the employees at the funeral homes seem to only want to get you in the door, or try to make you sign an agreement without hearing something about your needs, choose someone else. You are not obligated to hire the first funeral providers you talk to.

When you've selected what seems to be the most suitable funeral homes for you, make sure they are properly licensed by the Texas Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers (All funeral services in Houston TX bearing the Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Funerals in Houston TX 




Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations For Funeral Homes in Houston TX

BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
Funeral Consumers Alliance www.funerals.org
CANA Cremation Association of North America www.cremationassociation.org
ICCFA International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association www.iccfa.org
IFDAT Independent Funeral Directors Association of Texas www.ifdatexas.org
NFDA National Funeral Directors Association www.nfda.org/resources
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association www.nfdma.com
Federal Trade Commission Facts for Consumers www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/funeral.shtm
TFDA Texas Funeral Directors Association www.tfda.com
TFSC Texas Funeral Service Commission www.tfsc.texas.gov
Texas Cemeteries Association www.txca.us
Southeast Texas Funeral Directors Association www.setfda.com
North Texas Funeral Directors Association www.facebook.com/North-Texas-Funeral-Directors-Association-131588780222224/

 

Magazines & Publications Relevant to Funeral Homes in Houston TX

International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Magazine www.iccfa.com/publications/iccfa-magazine/iccfa-magazine
Funeral Business Advisor www.funeralbusinessadvisor.com
American Funeral Director www.americanfuneraldirector.com
Official Publication of the National Funeral Directors Association nfda.org/nfda-publications/the-director.html
Mortuary Management www.mortuarymanagement.com
Funeral Business Advisor www.funeralbusinessadvisor.com
Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory www.nomispublications.com
Cremationist Magazine www.cremationassociation.org/?page=CremationistMagazine
American Cemetery & Cremation Magazine www.mortuarymall.com/American-Cemetery-Magazine-p/ns-kb-ac.htm



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Funeral Homes in Houston TX within the following zip codes:

77279, 77222, 77396, 77061, 77523, 77077, 77003, 77259, 77076, 77274, 77339, 77253, 77546, 77040, 77254, 77023, 77069, 77433, 77049, 77083, 77336, 77257, 77092, 77491, 77006, 77536, 77072, 77244, 77050, 77271, 77345, 77011, 77028, 77215, 77221, 77219, 77268, 77084, 77393, 77258, 77016, 77093, 77063, 77207, 77035, 77380, 77284, 77391, 77386, 77067, 77043, 77206, 77039, 77280, 77383, 77411, 77025, 77079, 77024, 77044, 77034, 77262, 77265, 77086, 77287, 77292, 77273, 77045, 77220, 77251, 77270, 77224, 77070, 77275, 77029, 77290, 77429, 77263, 77048, 77087, 77018, 77055, 77388, 77571, 77065, 77505, 77091, 77064, 77051, 77508, 77078, 77053, 77041, 77004, 77094, 77015, 77058, 77387, 77046, 77030, 77236, 77088, 77504, 77062, 77074, 77031, 77587, 77096, 77099, 77218, 77494, 77402, 77210, 77267, 77493, 77005, 77492, 77001, 77520, 77375, 77325, 77377, 77338, 77036, 77346, 77009, 77089, 77037, 77289, 77410, 77098, 77080, 77277, 77038, 77231, 77266, 77057, 77227, 77506, 77562, 77008, 77014, 77012, 77245, 77449, 77347, 77026, 77022, 77447, 77010, 77066, 77598, 77054, 77081, 77095, 77027, 77502, 77013, 77507, 77450, 77073, 77075, 77389, 77530, 77272, 77007, 77002, 77205, 77381, 77521, 77252, 77033, 77047, 77017, 77242, 77238, 77249, 77021, 77532, 77282, 77255, 77373, 77288, 77413, 77032, 77204, 77235, 77042, 77586, 77020, 77071, 77019, 77233, 77269, 77572, 77056, 77059, 77060, 77379, 77229, 77090, 77256, 77213, 77243, 77082, 77237, 77503, 77401, 77085, 77382, 77547, 77234, 77293, 77068, 77241, 77522 and 77501



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Funeral Services in Houston TX within the following cities:

Deer Park, Waskom, Channelview, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Mission Bend, Bridgeland Community, Katy, Spring, Jacinto City, Webster, Cypress, Hallsville, South Houston, Aldine, Humble, Bellaire, La Porte, Houston, Galena Park, Baytown, Atascocita, Tomball, Seabrook, Alief, Marshall and West University Place

 

 

 

 

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Consumers use the Prime Buyer's Report to avoid the scam, fraud, and businesses with low customer satisfaction.

Independent research conducted by Prime Buyer's Report editors includes phone call surveys with customers of local businesses, checks with state agencies on license and complaint history, verification that each business has insurance coverage to protect you as a customer, phone interviews of business owners, signed agreements that they use only legal workers, and more to determine the businesses that are safe to spend with.

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Funeral Homes and Funeral Services in Houston serving Deer Park, Waskom, Channelview, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Mission Bend, Bridgeland Community, Katy, Spring, Jacinto City, Webster, Cypress, Hallsville, South Houston, Aldine, Humble, Bellaire, La Porte, Houston, Galena Park, Baytown, Atascocita, Tomball, Seabrook, Alief, Marshall and West University Place

 

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Resources About Funerals in Houston TX


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