The city of San Antonio is the second largest in Texas and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Around 25 funeral homes operate across San Antonio, serving local communities at their time of need.
A high proportion of residents identify as Catholic, compared to rest of the U.S., with Episcopalian, Methodist and Latter Day Saints denominations also represented within the city. Other religions practiced include Islam, with just over one per cent of the population identifying as Muslim, and Judaism. Therefore San Antonio funeral homes may have experience working with families of different faiths and cultures.
San Antonio has one of the highest concentrations of U.S. military bases in the whole country, including Lackland Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center. This has earned it the nickname Military City, U.S.A. This means that San Antonio funeral homes may have extensive experience liaising with the armed forces to organize military funeral honors.
The large military presence within the city also means that there are several military burial grounds, including the San Antonio National Cemetery and Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. While the former only has space available for cremation ashes, or for those who already have a family plot, Fort Sam Houston has plots available for both burial and cremated remains. To be eligible for burial in a national cemetery, your loved one needs to have met a minimum active duty service requirement. Spouses and children of veterans may also be eligible for a burial in a national cemetery, according to certain criteria.
There are also several non-denominational and faith-specific burial grounds in and around the city. Catholic residents are served by several cemeteries overseen by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. These include the San Fernando Cemetery, which covers three separate sites, the Holy Cross Cemetery and the Catholic Cemeteries Crematory.
Be aware that funeral arrangements in San Antonio are regulated by Texas state law. This means that if the burial or cremation will not take place within 24 hours of the death, the body must be embalmed, refrigerated, or appropriately stored in a sealed casket. The director at your chosen funeral home will be able to help you meet these legal requirements.
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