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Funerals/Embalming required in Texas before transporting across State Line


The Funeral Home here in Texas has stated it is against the law for them to transport my dad (after he dies) without him being embalmed.  I read that a long as they were refrigerated, it was ok.

What is the legal answer and where can I get it in writing that this is the law.  It is not for religious reasons.

Thank you,


I found the following information regarding the requirements for embalming in the State of Texas

This is from a funeral home's website:

This is from the Texas Funeral Service Commission: (See Section 14)$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc

I would call the Texas Funeral Service Commission and ask them directly about this question, as it says in the Administrative Code referenced above, that body must be refrigerated or embalmed  24 hours after death and that the rules of the Country or State where the body is going to be buried will be the deciding factor in this.  This is the web address to them:

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Erin Phelps


I can answer any questions about funerals,embalming, cremation, green burial, home funerals, burial on your own land, scattering of cremated remains and any other death related questions you may have.


I have worked in the death care industry since 1977, owning my own funeral home since 1990. I worked as an EMT at a funeral home based ambulance service for 6 years gain much experience there. When I opened my funeral home, my goal was to provide honest, straightforward, significant and affordable services to the families who called upon me for my services. Since Sept. 2008, I have served as a member of the Oregon State Mortuary & Cemetery Board, which regulates the operation of mortuarys and cemeteries in Oregon. I have been a regular attendee and speaker at various funeral related seminars over the years and am a frequent contributor to "Mortuary Management" magazine. I was one of the first funeral directors in Oregon to offer "Green" or "Natural" burial services and to offer assistance to families who wish to take care of their own family members at home. I also have vast experience in the repatriation of a deceased to their country of origin.

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