The information below can help individuals and families that are trying to arrange funeral services in the Austin – Round Rock metro by putting all of the essential information in one place.
Culture and Suburbs in the Austin Metro
Austin is the heart of a sizable, eclectic metro right in the center of Texas. The area includes all of Travis County and Williamson County as well as portions of four more counties.
The area is quite diverse because of several factors. First is the metro’s location in the middle of the state. Austin is the state’s capital, which draws in people from both political parties as well as various businesses. The University of Texas and tech sector have also contributed to the explosive growth and diverse population living in the Austin – Round Rock metro.
Austin has been considered one of the greenest cities in the country for many years. It has a very open-minded, innovative culture that isn’t afraid to do things differently. Or as locals like to say, do things weirdly.
Cities and suburbs within the Austin – Round Rock metro include:
- Bee Cave
- Cedar Creek
- Cedar Park
- Dripping Springs
- Lago Vista
- Liberty Hill
- Marble Falls
- Round Rock
- San Marcos
Available Funeral Services in the Austin – Round Rock Metro
In a metropolitan area as large as Austin, almost every type of funeral service is available. However, state laws and regulations determine what funeral services can be offered in Austin as well as how the services are conducted.
Traditional Funeral Services
Both traditional burial and traditional cremation have been offered in Austin and the surrounding area for many decades. In Austin, cremation has become the most common type of disposition. But in the surrounding suburbs, many people still choose traditional burial.
Eco-Friendly Funeral Services
Death care is much more eco-conscious today, especially in cities like Austin that have heavily invested in green technology and encourage residents to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. It makes sense that the metropolitan area is open to innovation and new ways of handling disposition that reduce the negative environmental impact.
Cremation.Green is proud to offer the widest selection of green funeral services in Austin and the surrounding area. In addition to our proprietary clean flame cremation, we also offer:
- Natural burial
- Water cremation
- Natural organic reduction (NOR)
Other Austin funeral homes may claim to have eco-friendly cremation and burial services, but Cremation.Green has the reputation to back up our claims. We’re proud to be Texas’ first carbon neutral funeral home!
Cemeteries in Austin
The Austin – Round Rock metro is expansive, allowing for a wide array of cemeteries in the immediate area. No matter how you plan to be buried, there’s a cemetery not far away that can accommodate what you want.
Green Cemeteries and Conservation Cemeteries
There are a growing number of green cemeteries across the U.S., and a few are located in the Austin – Round Rock metro. Some are even considered conservation cemeteries that go the extra mile to conserve the land. The conservation and green cemeteries in Austin include:
- Eloise Woods Community Burial Park
- Lady of the Rosary Cemetery
- Mountain Creek Cemetery
- Campo de Estrellas
Cemeteries With Cremation Burial or Memorial Garden
Today many cemeteries in the Austin metro offer cremation burial plots. Many cemeteries also allow for cremated remains to be buried in a regular plot or on top of a casket. Some even have memorial gardens that are specifically for the interment of cremated remains.
Austin cemeteries that have cremation burial or a memorial garden include:
- Onion Creek Memorial Park
- Riverbend Remembrance Gardens
- Lady of the Rosary Cemetery
- Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
- Evergreen Cemetery
- Oakwood Cemetery/Oakwood Annex Cemetery
- Plummers Cemetery
- Longview Park
- Stanley-Nolen Cemetery at Garrison Park
There are a number of other cemeteries throughout the Austin – Round Rock metro, some of which are private or family cemeteries. When researching Austin area cemeteries keep in mind that a number of them are historic sites that no longer offer burial of any kind.
Columbariums in the Austin Area
Columbariums are designed specifically for holding urns with cremated remains. They are an alternative to cremation burial, while still allowing for cremated remains to be at a cemetery or on holy grounds. You can find columbarium niches at:
- St. John Neumann’s Memorial Prayer Garden and Columbarium
- Saints Presbyterian Church’s Columbarium & Memorial Garden
- St. Thomas More Columbarium
- Bethany Memorial Gardens Columbarium
- Saint Marks Columbarium
- Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Columbarium
- Lake View Cemetery Columbarium
- Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Columbarium
- San Marcos city cemetery columbarium
- All Saints Episcopal Church columbarium
This is not an exhaustive list of columbariums in the Austin metro. It’s best to check with you or your loved one’s church to find out if they have a columbarium and if space is available.
Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office
The Austin-Round Rock metro is served by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office (TCME). The TCME helps in medicolegal death investigations to determine the cause and manner of death. To do this TCME medical examiners conduct a variety of procedures, including autopsies.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is run by the Chief Medical Examiner. Currently, Keith Pinkard, MD holds the position. Various departments within the Office can be contacted via email or by phone.