Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
Aug. 05, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name CARRIAGE SERVICES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001016281  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2013  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   18,246,232