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The Federal Trade Commission provides important information for consumers who plan to purchase a cemetery site:


Funeral Consumers Alliance executive director Josh Slocum testified before a Congressional Subcommittee on July 27, 2009 to ask lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of cemeteries, set minimum standards for state regulation of cemeteries, and require the responsible deposit of all money that American families prepay for their funeral and burial expenses.

FCA and its local member organizations nationwide helped enact the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule, the first and only federal protections for grieving consumers. The Rule, passed in 1982, gives families important rights when dealing with funeral homes, but it doesn't cover cemeteries, crematories, and other death-related vendors…

FCAH is an affiliate of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance:

33 Patchen Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Cemetery Survey by FCAH:
A new survey may be available in the future.


-   The VA does not make funeral arrangements or perform cremations. 

     Families should make these arrangements with a funeral home.
-   Burial benefits available include a grave site in any of the 131 national cemeteries with available space,
     opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag,
     and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family.

  • Houston Memorial Gardens                    
    16000 Cullen Blvd.                                           
    Pearland, TX 77581
    Tel.: 281.485.2221
  • Schlitzberger and Daughters Monument Co. (affordable markers & monuments)
    6859 Lawndale
    Houston, Tx 77023
    Tel. 713.926.1785


   Burial on Private Property/Family Cemeteries (Texas)

The Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC) provides the following information:

Many people in the state are interested in establishing a family cemetery on their private property. Following is some useful information on establishing a family cemetery.

First check with your local county/city government to see if they have any rules or regulations, regarding your property. This could include restrictions such as flood plains, drainage, underground cabling, deed restrictions, etc.

Check the TFSC home page at and click on "Governing Laws" this will take you to the "Health and Safety Code". Chapters 711 through 715 pertain to cemeteries. You will need to acquaint yourself with the state regulations, particularly 711.008 Location of a cemetery, 711.034 Dedication of land, 714.001 Depth of Graves, 711.003 Records of Internment and 711.041 Access to a Cemetery are some of the important points regarding cemeteries.

Cemeteries are required to be outside the local municipality according to the population of that municipality.

1. 5,000 to 25,000 people       - must be 1 mile outside the municipality boundaries

2. 25,000 to 50,000 people     - must be 2 miles outside the municipality boundaries

3. 50,000 to 100,000 people   - must be 3 miles outside the municipality boundaries

4. 100,000 to 200,000 people - must be 4 miles outside the municipality boundaries

5. 200,000+ people                  -  must be 5 miles outside the municipality boundaries

Survey the plot of land out of your acreage and file it with your local county clerk as a family cemetery. Make a map that specifies where the plots are located and file this along with the written certificate of declaration of dedication of the land. The filing of the certificate and map makes other individuals aware of the location of the cemetery on the land. A consumer can file the information and do the land survey. One need not hire someone to accomplish this requirement.

Depth of Graves. Chapter 714.001 of the Health and Safety Code states (a) The body of a decedent may not be buried in a manner so that the outside top surface of the container of the body is: (1) Less than two feet below the surface of the ground if the container is not made of an impermeable material; or (2) less than 1-1/2 feet below the surface of the ground if the container is made of an impermeable material.

Record keeping is very important and files must be maintained. It is suggested that the burial records be filed in the county deed records with the office of the county clerk in which the cemetery is located.


  • Buying and Selling a Cemetery Plot

There are over 1 million cemetery plots for sale in the US. We get occasional calls from people who want to know how to sell their plots. Also, if someone wants to buy a plot, they can buy one much cheaper than offered by the cemetery.  If a cemetery is willing to buy one, it may offer only 10% of the current selling price. Here are some internet sources:

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