Many families and individuals choose cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. The reasons vary and may be based on personal, religious or societal beliefs.

At Loudon Park Funeral Home, Inc., we are proud to be one of the few independent Funeral Homes with our own private, on-site Crematory. Unlike other Crematories that serve multiple funeral homes  on a daily basis, our Crematory is private. We only perform cremations for the families we serve.

The difference is peace-of-mind. 

Our highly trained and licensed Crematory Operators follow the Cremation Association of North America's strict guidelines. 

In addition to these guidelines, we follow a 10-step process ensuring our families receive the highest level of care:

  1. Your loved one never leaves our care and remains under our professional care and supervision at all times. One of our certified crematory operators will oversee the cremation. We do this to ensure that your loved one never leaves our care.
  2. Safeguarding personal identity To ensure security, a personal identification band is placed on your loved one at the moment your loved one is transferred to our care.
  3. Unique tracking system Upon arrival, your loved one is logged into our tracking system and assigned an identification number. This number is used to track every phase of the cremation process. Our tracking system includes date of arrival at our facility. Personal belongings are labeled for their return to the family.
  4. Planning Services We will assist in planning a funeral or memorial service, either before or after the cremation, which will appropriately celebrate the life of your loved one. A meaningful ceremony provides an opportunity for family and friends to pay tribute to your loved one and to share the memories of a lifetime.
  5. Family identification For families planning not to have a viewing, Maryland Law requires a positive identification prior to cremation.
  6. Checks and balances Certified crematory operators will review all cremation paperwork and permits. This is to ensure authorizations and permits have been received and have been properly documented. Once all documentation is verified, the cremation process will begin.
  7. Cremation log book Immediately prior to the cremation process, your loved one is taken to the cremation chamber and their personal identification is noted in our cremation log book. This log shows the name of the individual, date of the cremation, identification number. 
  8. Details during the cremation The crematory identification card is placed on the outside of the cremation chamber during the cremation process, which is monitored by a certified crematory operator
  9. Details after the cremation After the cremation is complete, the cremated remains are placed into either a temporary urn or an urn of the family’s choosing along with the individual's identification number.
  10. Return of the cremated remains For families planning not to have the urn buried or placed in to a niche, our staff will notify you to schedule a time for receipt of the cremated remains. At this time we will provide a dignified setting in which to receive the urn. 

Additional Resources:

Commonly Used Cremation Terms

Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation 


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