Concerned in Texas

Is Texas one of the states where the mortuary “owns” a deceased body (funeral director must sign the death certificate)? And if so, how can I ensure that a direct cremation happens immediately to prevent storage fees? Must I request this in writing/get written guarantee prior to removal of my loved one to prevent later fee gouging? Does the hospital call the funeral home of my choice or theirs (is this information detailed on the release a hospital gives me to sign to remove the body)? What law(s) protect(s) my choices at this juncture given that I won’t likely be in as collected a state as I can be now? THANK YOU for existing…you have no idea what a relief it is to know a non-commercial entity is available for questions that stress me enough to even think about, much less ask.

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