Stating your wishes is one thing – but putting it in writing makes it legal!
If you would like to make plans for your own cremation in a legally binding document, please fill out this form. Once completed, it will remain on file with Lake Shore Funeral Home so your family will be able to view it and honor your wishes upon your death. This will relieve any legal next of kin (ie: spouse, all children, etc.) from having to all agree and all sign legal consent for cremation of your body.
- Click “I want Cremation for Myself” Secured Form to electronically sign.
- Click to Download the PDF, print off and sign. Then, it will need to be filed at the funeral home.
Here is the State of Texas Law concerning consent for cremation:
Texas Health and Safety Code, Section711.002 (g) A person may provide written directions for the disposition, including cremation, of the person’s remains in a will, a prepaid funeral contract, or a written instrument signed and acknowledged by such person. A party to the prepaid funeral contract or a written contract providing for all or some of a decedent’s funeral arrangements who fails to honor the contract is liable for the additional expenses incurred in the disposition of the decedent’s remains as a result of the breach of contract. The directions may govern the inscription to be placed on a grave marker attached to any plot in which the decedent had the right of sepulture at the time of death and in which plot the decedent is subsequently interred. The directions may be modified or revoked only by a subsequent writing signed and acknowledged by such person. The person otherwise entitled to control the disposition of a decedent’s remains under this section shall faithfully carry out the directions of the decedent to the extent that the decedent’s estate or the person controlling the disposition are financially able to do so.
Texas Health and Safety Code, Section711.002 (a) Except as provided by Subsection (l), unless a decedent has left directions in writing for the disposition of the decedent’s remains as provided in Subsection (g), the following persons, in the priority listed, have the right to control the disposition, including cremation, of the decedent’s remains, shall inter the remains, and are liable for the reasonable cost of interment: the person designated in a written instrument signed by the decedent; the decedent’s surviving spouse; any one of the decedent’s surviving adult children; either one of the decedent’s surviving parents; any one of the decedent’s surviving adult siblings; or any adult person in the next degree of kinship in the order named by law to inherit the estate of the decedent.