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What to Know When Choosing Cremation

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation.

Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, and ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation.

Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering.
If the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at +1 (830) 773 9591.

One of our professional funeral directors will address any of your inquiries or concerns.
Valdez and Sons Crematory and Funeral home

When considering cremation, today's families are concerned with many complex issues: how cremation affects the environment (especially when compared to traditional burial), personal finances, and faith being amongst the top three.

Thats why We offer at our Valdez and Sons facility a full range of services from direct cremation to a full service cremation.

If you, or a family member, are curious about cremation or wondering if cremation is the right option for your situation, we invite you to read this section of our page.
The Flame Cremation Process
Learn more about planning a cremation with information about before the cremation decision is made, and after deciding on cremation. View our packages and direct cremation services.
Why Choose Cremation

Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial.
Cremation allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony.

While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.

✓ You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation.
We definitely encourage open dialog regarding all end-of-life issues. We sincerely hope you reach out to us to further explore the topics related to cremation and burial.

We want you to know that no matter your reasons for choosing cremation, we're here to help you explore your options.

When you're ready, call us at +1 (830) 773 9591. to schedule an appointment.

Our Cremation Services are located in our Valdez and Sons Memorial Chapels facilities

The Valdez Family has provided our community with the best quality staff, facilities and equipment possible.
In 1980 we built a funeral home and crematory specifically to provide quality and unique cremation services to our families.
We are the first funeral home in Eagle Pass Texas to own and operate our own crematory, we were the first to have it as part of the funeral home itself.
For our families convenience, we are the only funeral home in Eagle Pass (and its surroundings) to own and operate our own cremation center.

For more information About our cremation center, Please visit our site here.
Direct Cremation Services, Packages, & Options

With our Eagle Pass cremación services, we can work with many budgets and provide flexible service options.

The caring, compassionate funeral directors at Valdez & Son's Memorial Funeral Home promise each family the highest level of:
1. Courteous, professional service.
Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or provincial agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed.
2. Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process.
Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.
3. Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains.
We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.

Direct Cremation Services List:

1Traditional cremation services
Traditional cremation services
These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, placed in a specially selected cremation casket or a rental casket, is the focal point of the service.

A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial.

Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family.

You can then decide to scatter, bury, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.

Learn more about our cremation process here.
2Memorial gathering after the cremation has taken place
Memorial gathering after the cremation has taken place
This can occur at any time after the cremation process.

The urn is usually on display at the service, which can take place in any setting preferred by the family.
3Direct cremation
Direct cremation
This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory.
Our Cremation Services & Direct Cremation Packages

Our package options include direct cremation and memorial service options;
✔ Simple Cremation Package
✔ Witness Cremation Package
✔ Social Cremation Package
✔ Memorial Cremation Package
We encourage you to contact us to discuss the cremation services we offer and to explore cremation costs or if you have questions on our cremation process.

We are here to help you make an informed decision. Please call +1 (830) 773 9591 with any questions.

The Cremation Process

Cremation has been a part of the human death experience for a very long time. If you would like to understand more about the cremation process we invite you to read this section.
We'll also take a look at cremation costs that will help you with your decision.
A Short History of Cremation

According to Wikipedia, cremation dates back at least 20,000 years ago in Australia, while in Europe, there is evidence of cremation dating to around 2,000 B.C. Cremation was common in Ancient Greece and Rome, and it remains a standard practice in India.

The practice of cremation faded in Europe by the fifth century and during the Middle Ages, it was primarily used in the punishment of heretics or in response to the fear of contagious diseases.

Today, cremation is preferred by more and more people around the world.
The Flame Cremation Process
Traditional cremation is the process of reducing a body at very high temperatures until it is nothing but brittle, calcified bones.

These are then processed into what we commonly call ashes.

Returned to the family in a temporary urn (or a more personal urn selected by the family), these ashes can be kept, buried, or scattered.

Some families even choose to place a loved one's cremated remains in a hand-crafted piece of cremation art.
Author Michelle Kim, in How Cremation Works, details the cremation process:

"In modern crematories, the body is stored in a cool, temperature-controlled room until it's approved for cremation.

The body is prepared by removing pacemakers, prostheses and silicone implants.

The body is then put into a container or casket made out of flammable materials such as plywood, pine or cardboard."

The container is placed in the retort or cremating chamber. It takes anywhere from two to three hours to reduce an average adult to ash.

When the cremated remains are cooled, they are processed to a uniformly-sized pebble-like substance and placed in an urn. The funeral director then returns the cremated remains to the family.
What Does Creamtion Cost?

Cremation typically costs one-third of the cost of a traditional burial.
While it's true that cost is a big factor for many families, it's important to remember that cremation is only one part of providing meaningful end-of-life care for a loved one.

Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is important and can be achieved with a memorial service. Bringing family and friends together provides everyone with the opportunity to share memories and receive support.
Spend Time with Us
Sit down with us to discuss your cremation options.

We appreciate the opportunity to share our insights and experience to fully support you in making end-of-life decisions for you and your family.

Call us at +1 (830) 773 9591 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office.