Where Funeral Service is Our Only Major
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The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is located at 415 Barren Springs Dr. , Houston , Texas 77090 . Space is dedicated solely for funeral service education,  open library, and various staff and faculty offices.

Library and Learning Resource Center


Newly Remodeled Large Classroom

The George Poston Memorial Library and Learning Resource Center has over 4,500 volumes and subscribes to over 25 periodicals and newspapers in the funeral profession. The Library is arranged in open stacks, enabling students to browse and make their own book selections. The facilities include reading and study area, group study area, photocopier, computer access stations and video viewing equipment.

The library’s web page is currently being redesigned and rebuilt, and will offer much more information about the Library services.

Bibliographic information about the library’s material collection is available via an online public access catalog. The library provides Internet access, full-text periodical and newspaper databases and other electronic reference sources. The reference collection of print volumes includes bibliographies, atlases, periodical indexes and other reference sources. Special archive collections include early mortuary periodicals, early trade catalogs, and past CIFS yearbooks.


Newly Remodeled Small Classroom

Instruction in library research methodology and current research technology is provided for individuals and classes under the direction of a professional librarian.

The Library ‘s holdings are supplemented by participation in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a computerized international network of over 20,000 libraries and by membership in the Library & Information Resources Network (LIRN), a library consortium of over 60 private colleges and universities serving a diverse and international student population. In addition, LIRN provides on and off campus access to many full text, bibliographic and electronic journals and databases covering a wide array of subjects.

Clinical Embalming Facilities

The clinical facilities are located on the premises of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.

The three-suite embalming facility is able to accommodate over 500 human remains annually. With the dedicated space, current embalming machines, surgical tables, ventilation system,  and a refrigeration capacity to hold numerous remains at one time, CIFS has the ability to hold remains until the appropriate time for clinical instruction, thus allowing the student’s and the school’s preparation schedule to be synchronized.

CIFS offers students a unique experience in practical embalming and restoration.  Primary to this educational experience is the relationships that CIFS has with the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical Branch whereby our students embalm the cases deemed for anatomical dissection.

County Funerals

Unique to the educational opportunities at CIFS is the student’s participation in assisting on the funerals of the deceased persons who are interred in the Harris County Social Services and Cemetery.  CIFS students not only embalm, cosmetize, dress, and casket the remains, they also have the voluntary opportunity to assist with actual burial services under licensed supervision.  Friday is the County burial funeral day on which CIFS students can participate in four to twelve funerals a week.

Disabled Persons

CIFS is a ground level facility with access for disabled persons.  CIFS operates in compliance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and accepts students without regard to race, color, national origin, or handicap not likely to affect performance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require the institution to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.  However, reasonable accommodations do not include fundamental alterations to course requirements.  Furthermore, accommodations cannot be made that would effectively place an undue administrative or financial burden on CIFS.

Main Campus

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090
Office Telephone: (281) 873-0262
Toll Free: (800) 628-1580
Fax: (281) 873-5232