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Cremation comes with a wide variety of options for a ceremony. You may hold a private or a public viewing before cremation occurs, or any type of memorial service can be held in a place of worship or at the cremation service’s facility itself. This ceremony can be delayed as long as you and your family needs to get assembled for the viewing. Some retirement communities and churches will deal with these events without participation needed on the part of the cremation provider. Another possibility would be to hold a graveside service at the crematory or columbarium. Scattering ceremonies are known for giving memorial services a personal touch.

Yes, if you and your family desire such a ceremony, the deceased can be embalmed and then put into a ceremonial casket. With cremation you can avoid the cost of any casket and still hold a funeral service prior to your loved one’s cremation.

The remains of your loved are presented to you in whatever fashion you desire. Unless specified by the family, the remains are presented in a plain temporary container about the size of a large dictionary or 6 inch x 6 inch x 6 inch box. It is not recommended to use this box permanently, and we have options available for a permanent resting place for your loved one.

Although embalming is not required in the state of Texas, a deceased person would be embalmed out of necessity in the case of a public viewing. Otherwise, this is completely optional.

The deceased is clothed as requested by the family in all scenarios. Uniforms, scholastic robes, and all other specifications for cremation are taken into consideration and the special garment is usually neatly folded and placed next to the deceased for the cremation process.

Large fragments of metal that can readily be separated from the ashes are removed prior to pulverization. Implanted measured dose dispensers and pacemakers are an explosion risk, and are therefore, removed before cremation. 

No. Just call us at 1-800-300-1655 and we will handle all of the details to your closest specifications. You may then, from the comfort of your home, log into our secured server in order to complete the arrangements.  You won’t have to leave your home for any reason other than if you chose to hold a memorial or funeral service prior to cremation. We’ve spent many months designing this entire process to best meet your needs, and be as smooth as possible for you.

Your loved one is placed in a combustible alternative container. Prior to this, they were placed in refrigerated storage until they were removed for cremation. At the time of cremation, they are taken out and placed in the cremation chamber. The remains go through a pulverization process and are placed in the appropriate container for storage. As for the urn you choose, we offer a wide arrangement of urns and keepsakes to give the deceased the honor and respect they deserve. You can have the cremated remains delivered to your home, or the funeral home where they will wait for direct pickup.

After important statistical information is received from the family, a death certificate is then send to the attending physician to verify the time and cause of death and sign for it. The Medical Examiner then receives the certificate and issues a cremation permit after reviewing the case. A Burial Transit Permit is issued after the signed Death Certificate and Cremation Permit is presented to the local registrar’s office. The process totals a minimum of 7 days to complete.

Those listed below can and will hold the duty, right, and liability to arrange and control the proper disposition (including cremation) of the decedents remains:

  • Through written acknowledgement, the decedent can specify means of disposal in a will or some other signed statement.
  • Someone identified in an “Appointment of Agent of Remains” form, signed by the deceased person and the individual appointed.
  • The surviving spouse of the deceased individual
  • Any available adult children of the deceased person
  • The surviving parents of the decedent
  • Any surviving adult siblings of the decedent
  • Any adult individual who is of the next degree of kinship to receive through an inheritance, the deceased individual’s estate.
  • An Authorization for Cremation form signed by the decedent’s next of kin
  • The Death Certificate
  • The Medical Examiner’s Cremation Permit
  • And the Burial Transit Permit issued by the Local Registrar.

Our staff will help you get any of the required copies of the Death Certificate you may need. Death certificates are available to you through the Vital Statistics office of the county in which the death occurred. Although the original certificate comes from our office, it is then sent to the certifying physician involved. As soon as his signature and verification are procured and approved by the Medical Examiner, that form is sent to the local Vital Statistics office, and that office will provide copies of the death certificate. In the State of Texas, a $21 fee is charged for the first certified death certificate. After that, a $4 fee is charged for each additional death. Most of the time, our office will get you the copies of the death certificate and you won’t have to worry about going through the county to get them.

  • It is a well-known fact that cremations run about 20% the cost of burial, but some surveys would suggest that the reasons the popularity is rising might be due to other factors. Those factors include the simplicity and dignity of a cremation service, some environmental concerns, and the flexible nature of cremation funeral services compared to burials. Cremation is being chosen as a means of disposition for more than a third of all deaths in some parts of the country. The practice of cremation is practically as old as humanity itself, and having been in practice for centuries in other cultures, it is not new to the world by any means. The current and more modern approach is a simple reflection of our growing appreciation for the simplicity and dignity of the cremation rite.

We send the initial death notification to the Social Security office. In the event that a death occurs, Social Security has to be told. We encourage you to call the Social Security office at your earliest convenience to determine if benefits will need to be returned to Social Security and if the survivor (you) qualify for any Survivor Benefits from them. For more information on this, you can visit the Social Security Administration website.


Liza B.Dallas, TX
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"I highly recommend this funeral home and crematorium; when I had to make and pay for my brother’s arrangements across state lines, Evelyn Montonya, in particular, demonstrated both compassion and professionalism and made a very sad and difficult situation much easier. Many thanks."
Gloria M.Dallas, TX
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"The unexpected passing of my husband was a very difficult and trying time for my boys and I. I had the good fortune of having Abel walk us thru this process. Working with him was such a weight off my shoulders. He was professional, so polite and helpful. The service was beautiful – never did I feel rushed or like just another customer. They gave me the time I needed and I appreciate that so much! Also Mr. Brooks took special care of my husband as he is a fellow mason. I would highly recommend working with Abel and North Dallas Funeral Home."
Lance G.Dallas, TX
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"Everyone at North Dallas Funeral Home was very professional, kind, and caring, in all steps of the process from the first phone call to the service held at their location. They help to make the process as easy and comforting in my opinion as to be expected, I would recommend their service to anyone. Thank You to everyone who helped me and my family. Sincerely,"
Jason H.Dallas, TX
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"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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