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Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services in Houston, TX

Burial Services

Arranging a service with a burial.

At Bradshaw-Carter, we understand that not all families want the same things when it comes to funerals and burial services. No matter the circumstances, we are prepared to help you arrange a service that's right for your situation, and we're uniquely qualified to help you find the right final resting place for someone who you love and care for. We do not believe that funerals should be pre-scripted, or one-size-fits-all. We want to provide you with a final tribute that's meaningful and memorable. Honoring someone's life and memory can be hard during a tough emotional time, and we're here to help guide you.

Over the years we've developed close professional relationships with cemeteries in-and-around the greater Houston area. Whether you have a family plot, or are unsure of where to start, we can help you find a cemetery that's right for you.

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Planning the service that's right for your family.

Whether you are looking for a simple graveside service, a funeral at a place of worship, a visitation and service at our funeral home, or something more unique, we can attend to every detail. We are the experts at making sure your funeral service is conducted with the same level of care we'd provide for our own family members.

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Natural burial and green burial options

We are proud to offer natural burial options in Houston, Texas. A natural burial, sometimes referred to as “green burial”, offers conservation-minded families a simple, dignified way to lay their loved one to rest. At Bradshaw-Carter, we believe simple can be beautiful. Natural burial foregoes embalming and the use of an outer burial container. While only certain cemeteries are willing to accommodate this type of disposition, we can recommend cemeteries in the Houston area that can accommodate your wishes.

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Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral can seem like a daunting task, but our experienced funeral directors are here to make the process easy and straightforward. We are here to advise, to comfort, and to offer support and guidance in a trying emotional time. Planning a funeral, to us, is an act of service, and our privilege in honoring a life well-lived. We take on the burdensome process of taking care of the details, so you can focus on planning the tribute that's right for your family and your loved-one.

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As you and your family move into the funeral planning process, you may find that you have a lot of questions. We’ve tried to answer some of the most common inquiries below.

  • Why do I need to plan a funeral for my loved-one? Ultimately, a funeral service is intended to be a meaningful thing for those who gather for it—a way to channel sorrow and mourning, and to unite families and friends in a spirit of mutual support and empathy. Additionally, a funeral that is planned to be meaningful and respectful provides a fitting way to pay tribute to the deceased. 
  • What makes a funeral meaningful? The answer to this will be different for different people; meaningful funerals usually incorporate traditions from different faiths and cultures in a way that is authentic to the deceased and to the gathering family members. Everything from the music to the artwork has an impact, and we strive to ensure that every element is, indeed, meaningful. For some, this means finding a service that is stately, dignified, and elegant. For others, it may mean wearing someone's favorite bright colors to the service, and signing messages of love on the casket with a sharpie marker. What's right for you is what we strive for, and we can help you discover creative ways to honor someone's life and memory.
  • What kind of funeral should I have? There is no right or wrong answer here, except to say that a funeral should be fitting to the deceased and to the gathering family members. Beyond that, there are many traditional and non-traditional options to choose from, and all of them, in the appropriate context, can be meaningful.
  • How can a funeral be made to feel more personal? There are many ways to personalize a funeral, including writing a personalized obituary, letting guests record favorite memories in a guest book, displaying personal items or hobbies from the deceased, or showing a DVD or slideshow of the deceased’s life.
  • What will happen to the body? In some, but not all instances, we will recommend the body be embalmed as a way to preserve your loved one's dignity in the lead-up to the date of services. For those who chose not to embalm, other options may be available to you. Some wish for their bodies to be buried, and others prefer cremation. This is simply a matter of following the wishes of the deceased and deciding what's right for your family.
  • Is cremation the right choice to make? Many families prefer cremation, and the flexibility that comes with planning a service either before or after the cremation takes place. At Bradshaw-Carter, we have our own crematory on-site, in our funeral home on West Alabama Street. This lets us control every element of the process, and your loved-one never has to leave our care. We are able to carry out every step of the cremation process with dignity and careful attention.
  • Is it appropriate to include children in the funeral service? This is largely dependent on the maturity levels of the children in question. Death can be a difficult thing to cope with, even among grown-ups. However, children mourn and experience loss just like adults do, and having a chance to express that sadness can be a healing opportunity. Children can participate by sharing favorite memories of the deceased, by offering up drawings and mementos, and—when parents deem it appropriate—by coming to view the body. If you have questions, our staff can help you make an informed decision.

If you have further questions, or if you desire help planning a funeral service, please contact Bradshaw-Carter at your earliest convenience.

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Why Choose Us?

Families have been trusting us with their loved ones because of our superior service and professionalism. Our local, licensed funeral directors carefully plan each and every service.

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Our professional staff will pick up your loved one at your residence, hospital, or hospice care with respect, dignity, and discretion.

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Veteran Burial Services

The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.

You can learn more about veteran funeral services and if you are eligible here.

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Final Memorialization

Having a permanent place - in a cemetery, mausoleum, or cremation garden - that can be visited regularly by family and friends is an essential part of the time following a death. 

You can learn more about memorialization options here.

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Our History

Founded in the heart of Houston by renowned designer Ron Bradshaw and his partner Tripp Carter in 2003, Bradshaw-Carter was built to meet an unmet need in Houston for an elegant, warm, welcoming setting for a family to say goodbye, without the sterile look and feel of most modern-day funeral establishments. Our funeral home doesn't look like a funeral home, because we don't want it to feel like one. At Bradshaw-Carter, there is a long tradition of serving one family at a time. Guests never feel rushed, and are not bumping into strangers in our foyer. The house, with it's tasteful decor and friendly professional staff, is yours to share with your guests, allowing you to focus on what's important. It was Ron's dream to open the most beautiful funeral home in the United States; one that offers the highest level of service and professionalism. While we regularly pull out all the stops for those looking for a boutique, top-of-the-line celebration, we have always insisted on making funerals affordable. Our care is genuine, and the result is a comfortable, healing place where you can focus on your needs and finding a meaningful tribute that's right for your loved-one.

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