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Frequently Asked Questions

With cremation, you can have a public or private visitation prior to the cremation.  You might also hold a memorial service at a religious institution or at the cremation provider’s facility, and whether you use the remains after cremation is your choice.  This service can be delayed indefinitely, which gives friends and family members the time to accommodate this change in their own lives.  Sometimes, churches and retirement communities handle these situations without any assistance from the cremation service provider.  Other options include graveside services at the cemetery or, for very personal situations, a scattering ceremony. Call Aria at 1-800-238-2742 to speak with a highly trained professional about planning and customizing a memorial service for your loved one.

This type of service can happen.  In this case, the deceased individual is embalmed and put into a ceremonial casket.  The full funeral can be held, and you don’t have to deal with the additional expense of purchasing a vault or casket.

The remains are presented to your family after they are placed in the urn of your choosing. Cremated remains fill the equivalent space as that of a large dictionary, or a 6x6x6-inch box. If your family does not choose an urn the remains will be returned in a simple black box. This container is temporary and is not recommended for permanent storage of the remains.

Legally speaking, the State of Texas never requires embalming.  This practice is only used when a public viewing is held, or if a funeral service is held with the body present.

This is actually done at the discretion of the family.  Some families choose to have their loved one cremated with special clothing, such as a military uniform or scholastic robe.

Prior to cremation, medical devices are separated from your loved one’s body, as they have the risk of exploding.  Large fragments of metal are removed from your loved one’s ashes after cremation.  These items are discarded.

You do need to call a funeral home.  You can call Aria at 1-800-238-2742, and we will handle all of the details.  We also have a secure server that you can login to so you can arrange the details of your loved one’s cremation from the comfort of your own home.  You only have to leave your home if you choose a memorial or funeral service.  We’ve spent months of time researching and customizing this process to be as easy for you as is possible.

We place the deceased individual in a combustible alternative container.  He or she is kept in refrigerated storage until the time for cremation comes.  After cremation, the remains go through a pulverization process and are placed in the appropriate storage container.  We offer a number of different urns and keepsakes to give your loved one the honor and respect he or she deserves.  The cremated remains can be delivered directly to your home, or they can be received at the funeral home

After important statistical data is received from the family, a death certificate is signed and certified by the attending physician.  After the document is signed, the medical examiner reviews the document, and then a cremation permit is issued.  Both the cremation permit and the signed death certificate are presented to the local registrar, who then issues a burial transit permit.  It typically takes 7 days or more to complete the entire process.

  • The deceased individual, who can issue such authorization through a will or written instrument they sign and acknowledge
  • Any individual identified in an “Appointment of Agent of Remains” form that is also signed by the deceased person
  • The surviving spouse of the deceased individual
  • Surviving adult children of the deceased person
  • The surviving parents of the deceased person
  • The decedent’s surviving adult siblings
  • Any adult who is in the next degree of kinship to be named by law to inherit the estate of the deceased individual

Yes, it requires the following documents:

    • The next of kin must sign an “Authorization for Cremation” form
    • Attending physician signs the death certificate
    • The medical examiner must sign a “Cremation Permit”
    • A local registrar signs the “Burial Transit Permit”

Our staff will assist you in obtaining any required Certified Copies of Death Certificates. Death Certificates are available through the Vital Statistics office of the county in which the death occurred. The original death certificate form originates in our office and is then sent to the certifying physician for completion. As soon as the death certificate is certified by the physician and approved by the Medical Examiner, it is delivered to the local Vital Statistics office where it is officially filed. After it is filed, the Vital Statistics office will provided certified copies of the death certificate. The state of Texas charges a $21 fee for the first certified death certificate and $4 for each additional certified death certificate. Normally, the certified copies that you request will be sent directly to ARIA from the Vital Statistics office and ARIA will release them to you.

Cremation does cost 20% less than the typical burial, but many surveys have shown people are choosing cremation services for other reasons, such as:

  • The simplicity and dignity of the services
  • Environmental factors
  • Flexibility offered when it comes to planning the ceremony and the disposition of the remains

In some areas of the United States, cremations account for about 33% of all funeral arrangements.  Cremation has been occurring since the inception of civilization, and our modern approach simply reflects a societal trend toward the simplicity and dignity of cremation.

We will send the initial death notification to Social Security. When a death occurs, Social Security must be notified. We will send the initial notification of death to the local SSA office (SSA Form 721) to inform them of the death. We then encourage the family to call Social Security at their earliest convenience to determine if benefits will need to be returned to Social Security and if the survivor qualifies for any Survivor Benefits from Social Security. For more information on this subject, you may wish to visit the Social Security Administration website.


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"Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again."
K. Barker
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"I was amazed how professional the team at Aria Funeral Preston Dallas Texas are. They guided me through the process and my options of their services that they offered for my mother. They are compassionate, caring, calm, good listener, efficient and did an excellent job! Thank you!"
R. Woll
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"If I could give 6 stars I would. Aria made a difficult easier to deal with by basically taking care of everything in an efficient but very empathetic manner. I can speak highly enough of Dusty Martin, who helped us with all of the planning and logistics. He was incredibly understanding and helpful."
Angel M.
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"Nothing prepares you for the grief you go through when losing a child. I called this funeral home at 2:00 am broken and could barely talk. The amount of compassion and empathy they showed me immediately let me know I found the right place to cremate my son. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, SINCERE concern, and commitment to making sure my son was honored in the most respectful way. I hope this Funeral home values her as much as my family and I do."
McGee Family
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"Wayne and Staff, thank you for taking care of the arrangements for our mom, Exter McGee and our dad, Philip McGee. You have been great to work with during such a difficult time."
Elledge Family
Elledge Family
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"On behalf of my family, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your handling of my husband's final arrangements. Wayne Baxter assisted & guided us through the entire process with such care & compassion. Don't know what we would have done without him! Sincerely, Colleen Elledge"
The Peterson Family
The Peterson FamilyYelp! Review - Northwest Highway 5-Stars
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"I can’t say enough about how helpful and professional Dusty Martin, the funeral director at the Aria Cremation location on NW Highway has been. From my initial call, he was kind and informative. My friend died at home while on hospice and she was picked up in about an hour after receiving the call from the hospice nurse. The person who arrived to pick her up was also very professional/respectful and allowed us to take as much time with her as we wished. When I met with Dusty the next day about arrangements, he explained the process and options available without being pushy or trying to “sell” extras. Throughout the process, he kept me informed and, for example, was careful to be certain I understood the cost of the obituary I wanted and offered some options for reducing that cost if I wished. When I stopped by for another reason and started talking about some of the problems I was having with the pictures and media I hoped to use at a memorial lunch I was planning, he not only listened patiently but offered technology advice and let me use his personal media player. I have had experience arranging cremations for four others using two other local companies, and this experience with Dusty at Aria has been by far the best one I have had."
Paula Barnes
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"My Daddy’s service and our family experience at Aria Northwest Highway was truly blessed. Funeral Director Dustin Martin is the kind of person that you would like to see on a more regular basis – but in his industry – you hope to not see him that often. That being said – THANK YOU DUSTIN for your unending kindness, compassion and friendship through the process. Meeting you and discussing Dallas History, Find A Grave and my Dad’s lifelong contributions to the great City of Dallas was simply wonderful! In memory of my dad James A. Dodd, Sr. – I want to personally thank you and let you know that you made everything better in that moment. Your calling to “Be There” is spot on. Aria has a one in a million guy in you! Bling Blinky of TEXAS Shout Out: God Bless You!!"

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Important Information

  1. If death has occurred and or is imminent, please call the Aria location nearest you.




  2. Click here to Download the Cremation Forms.
  3. Have the cremation authorization form notarized
  4. Fax the forms back to us at:
    • NW Highway
    • Preston Rd.
    • Belt Line Rd.

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