It is not necessary, but it does give a chance for individuals such as family, friends and co-workers to pay their respects and offer their condolences. Even those who did not personally know the deceased may wish to do this, because they may have shared a similar situation.
You can pre plan your own funeral and this is great for two reasons. First, you will have everything pre planned and laid out to your liking, and secondly, it will lift much of the burden of preparing and planning the funeral from your loved ones.
Death certificates are necessary for a lot of legal reasons. The main reason is legal proof of death, so the executor can produce documentation and action can be taken on wills, estates and life insurance policies.
There are many situations where people choose cremation over traditional burial, for example the deceased may have a very small family and so does not choose to have a large funeral service. The surviving spouse may move a lot due to military service or another job and would want to take the urn which the ashes are placed in with them. In other cases, it may be that is what the deceased requested and asked for.
Visit www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov for information relating to the purchase of preneed funeral contracts including descriptions of the trust and insurance funding options available under state law.